Rumors have always been an issue. It’s very easy to share something with a friend or co-worker that might not be 100 percent factual. But as social media has grown, so has the rumor mill.
Chief John Plasse says, “A lot of times what you see out there is accurate, but a lot of times it’s not so just be careful with what you believe.”
The ability to get out a phone and post everything you hear to social media is easier than ever. Unfortunately that sometimes can put a lot of false information out to people, as in the homicide investigation of local radio personality Matt Luecking.
Chief John Plasse says, “I would just say wait until we give an official statement. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet, it’s not always true. Sometimes that leads to someone retaliating to something that’s not true, it leads someone to believe something that’s not true, they get upset by it. So just wait for an official statement.”
In other situations posting to social media can hinder the ability of officers to find suspects in cases.
“And that’s one of things we try not to release too much information. I know that’s frustrating, because hey what’s going on. Well if we have someone that did something we don’t want to scare them off.” says Plasse.
So while the temptation may be there to post something you may have heard, police are asking that you trust they will get you the information as accurately and quickly as possible.
“We want to be sure that before we release it it’s accurate. So we’re not going to release something that’s not accurate. It doesn’t look good it ruins our credibility. So that’s why we’re cautious. To make sure we have all the facts before we release it.” says Plasse.