Sacramento (CA) – Posting security camera footage on YouTube can actually help criminals get away, according to the Sacramento Sheriffs Department. Dave Johnson of Sacramento recently had his motorcycle stolen and a helpful neighbor posted a YouTube video of the alleged burglars, but the local authorities aren’t too happy about it. In a CBS 5 interview, Sgt. Tim Curran says online videos could hurt the prosecution and “pollute the jury pool”.
After Johnson’s motorcycle was stolen, he posted an ad on Craigslist warning the public that thieves were on the loose. A neighbor responded and said that he had video of two burglars that tried to steal his motorcycle earlier in the morning.
Sgt. Curran suggested that local law enforcement should be the ones to decide whether a video is published or not. People who own security cameras should give the video to police, without posting them up themselves, according to Curran.