Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Facebook Killing Another Example of Live Video Feature's Dark Side

Sherri Watson | 18 April, 2017, 02:51

Police in Cleveland held a press conference around 3:15 Monday afternoon with new information.

Philadelphia school officials said the lockdown was lifted at 2:55 p.m., roughly 2 hours after it began.

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Cleveland police caution residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and IN to be alert and on the lookout for 37-year-old Steve Stephens. They say Stephens should be considered armed and risky. Stephens is not believed to have known Godwin, a retired foundry worker who media reports said spent Easter Sunday morning with his son and daughter-in-law before he was killed on camera in the street.

Police in Philadelphia say there is "no indication" Steve Stephens, the Cleveland man accused of shooting a retiree and posting the video of the killing on Facebook, is in the city.

Facebook said the video was posted after the killing but wasn't broadcast on Facebook Live as police initially indicated. Cleveland police say a national search for the suspect.

Robert Godwin Sr. seen in photo posted online.

Chief Calvin Williams says detectives talked with Stephens by cellphone Sunday after he shot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. but haven't had contact since.

Stephens had just recently broken up with his girlfriend of three years, who he named as "Joy Lane" and says the attacks are because of her.

Godwin apparently was shot while out picking up cans in a plastic shopping bag, his daughter said.

But Williams said police had searched dozens of locations overnight "to no avail".

"We obviously have a video of the incident, so we have verifiable, objective evidence of what occurred to this young lady, but she's just having a very hard time", says the commander.

Police said Monday that they've found no evidence of other slayings linked to the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens.

When asked what message she wanted to relay to her son, Green said: "I want him to call me".

Police are now looking for him in five states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

Police issued an arrest warrant for aggravated homicide against Stephens, described as a six-foot one-inch, 244-pound (1.85 m, 110-kilo) black man with a full beard who was last seen in a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates.

"This individual is armed and risky and, quite frankly, at this point he could be a lot of places", he said.

"We are going to make this individual's world very, very, very small", said Pete Elliot, with the U.S. Marshals Service. Williams urged Stephens to reach out to local clergy with whom he already has a relationship with to facilitate turning himself into police.

The social network released a statement to CNN late Sunday saying "this is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content".