Ontario police use the popular video sharing site YouTube to help catch a killer.
Hamilton, Ontario police Staff Sgt. Jorge posted a one-minute long clip of a surveillance video on YouTube, in the hopes that the site’s 50 million viewers could aid in the identification of a killer.
The clip features “two people of interest” who are suspected in the murder of a 22 year-old man at a hip-hop concert. Viewers of the site must be eager to assist the police, as the clip was been viewed more than 2, 000 times since it was uploaded.
For Jorge, posting the video on YouTube made sense because of the fact that the age demographic of possible witnesses at the concert was congruent to YouTube’s average viewer.
Police realize the popularity of social networking sites, and that if criminals are using the Internet they can probably also be tracked through it.
Photo by Hamilton, Ontario Police.