Twitter Hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite

As a protest to the the grand jury not indicting the policeman who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner in New York, whites started telling about their own experiences with police officers under the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite.

Under the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag, people would post stories of being let go by police or given lenient treatment after they were caught doing something apparently unlawful.

Can people get into trouble for admitting to wrongdoing online?

According to FastCompany, Marc Costa, a New Jersey police officer and CEO of law enforcement startup MIR Systems, said of police:  “If you’re looking for someone, you check Facebook. You look for acquaintances and local friends you know a person hangs out with. Twitter is the same thing—we use it to follow timelines and track peoples’ actions. You can’t use it solely as evidence but you can use it as part of an investigation.”

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