Police using YouTube to nab murder suspects

In the early days, you might have encountered “Wanted posters” put up by the local police. Times have changed now that Ontario police have started to release video surveillance footage on YouTube hoping for the public to identify a pair of murder suspects (Hat tip to MrBig for diligently watching TV).

According to the The Hamilton Spectator:

For the first time in Hamilton — and perhaps Canada — investigators have posted a video of two suspects in a murder investigation.

Police want anyone who was at the Nov. 16 Sean Price hip hop concert at Club 77 in Hamilton to check www.YouTube.com and have a look at a video of two men wanted in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Ryan Milner of Grimsby that night.

Milner was at the show and police want to identify two men seen in a short concert video clip.

Police are turning to YouTube because most of the concertgoers that night were in their late teens or early 20s. They’re hoping to reach people who wouldn’t see their appeals in more traditional forms of media.

According to YouTube video submitter jayjay551:

This video shows the two males arriving at 11:14p.m. and are described as 1) male white, wearing a white horizontal striped shirt and a black/white baseball hat with the word “JOKER” on the front and 2) male white, short hair, wearing a shirt with the word “ROCAWEAR” on the front and “99” on the back. Anyone with information please call Detective Sergeant Jorge Lasso at 905-546-2458 or Call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Video sharing services such as YouTube serve as a great way to harness collective action, by disseminating information quickly and succinctly. Since these services tend to allow for comments and trackbacks, viewers and bloggers can easily attach any information they have to the video, allow everyone to coordinate their crime prevention efforts.