Social Media’s Threat to Law Enforcement
By Demetrick Pennie, M.A., Ed.D.
July 18, 2018
THE BLUE MAGAZINE
- In 2016, while researching the influences of social media on the emergence of radicalized groups in America, I noticed empirical trends in how Facebook, Google and Twitter were being used to incite violence against police and how extremist messages promoting violence against police were not being censored by the social media platforms – instead, the companies allowed the threatening content to remain online and proliferate across platforms even after it had been reported several times. Though legislators acknowledged that the content posed a threat to homeland security interests, many ignored the complaints because their political campaigns were funded by the platforms.
Dallas Police attack déjà vu
By Demetrick Pennie and Eric Feinberg
July 7, 2018
- Déjà vu is a premonition of reliving a past lived experience. Oftentimes, the emotions experienced during déjà vu are reflective of the same emotions experienced during the actual crisis. For us, the sentiments are reminiscent of the period surrounding the July 7, 2016 shooting attack in Dallas, Texas that claimed lives of five police officers during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest.
Memorial Events Mark 2-Year Anniversary Of 5 Dallas Officers Killed In Ambush
July 7, 2018
- Events that included a motorcycle ride, 5K race and a fundraiser on Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the July 7, 2016 ambush that killed five Dallas officers.
It was two years ago Saturday that Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and DART officer Brent Thompson were shot and killed in an ambush during a peaceful protest downtown.
Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation welcomes its newest corporate sponsor
May 9, 2018
World Cup: Social media fail to remove Isis threats
June 18, 2018
- Islamic State propaganda urging attacks on the World Cup in Russia was allowed to stay online on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus and other social media platforms for weeks in the run-up to the tournament.
One typical post on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, offers “instructions about targeting the infidels in or out of stadiums”.
Groups say Google Plus ignored flagged posts of extremist content
May 31, 2018
- Google has ignored warnings about pro-ISIS content on its social media platform, Google Plus, according to users who flagged posts to the company and an expert who said he flagged the content directly to Google.
Despite those actions, a trio of pro-ISIS communities were active on Google Plus on Wednesday after the company was notified of them more than nine months ago.
After Florida school massacre, what about regulating social media companies to keep us safe?
By Demetrick Pennie, Eric Feinberg
February 20, 2018
- Following the Wednesday shooting at a Florida high school that took 17 lives, gun control activists and Second Amendment advocates are predictably arguing about the causes of such horrible violence and what to do next. We should not overlook the big role that social media companies play.
Nikolas Cruz – the 19-year-old who has confessed to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – posted disturbing material on social media before his attack, authorities said. His posts reportedly included discussing his desire to kill someone, along with hateful messages threatening violence against African-Americans, Jews and gay people, according to media reports.
North Texans provide overwhelming help for Harvey victims
August 29, 2017
- North Texans are coming together to help the victims of Harvey.
Some people from the Houston area are also in North Texas doing what they can to help in Dallas.
The Trusted World drop off location at 15660 North Dallas Parkway has seen so many people dropping off items and offering help, it’s been tying up traffic.
North Texas fallen officers honored at Garden of Honor
May 31, 2017
- People across the country and around the world remembered and honored members of the military killed while serving.
And this was the first Memorial Day for the families of the Dallas officers murdered in the ambush last July.
One of the slain officers, Patrick Zamarripa, was recognized at the ceremony Monday morning at DFW National Cemetery. He also served three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Navy.
Meet the man behind YouTube's sudden ad crisis. He has a patented fix
March 27, 2017
- Major marketers' ads have likely been showing up on or near YouTube videos promoting terrorism, neo-Nazi groups and other web content for a long time. So why has the brand-safety problem suddenly burst into the open, prompting big advertisers such as General Motors, Walmart, Verizon, AT&T and Johnson & Johnson to stop spending on YouTube or other Google properties? Thank -- or blame -- Eric Feinberg, a longtime marketing-services executive who in recent months has made it his mission to find ad-supported content linked to terror and hate groups, then push links and screen shots proving it happened to journalists in the U.K. and U.S.
Walk To Remember
April 13, 2017
Gordon Jago with Sgt. Demetrick Pennie (portrait of June Jago in back)
June Jago Memorial Fund
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup has announced the creation of the June Jago Memorial Fund. The fund will benefit and bring awareness to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Ms. Jago was married to Dallas Cup Ambassador and former Dallas Cup Executive Director, Gordon Jago, for 54 years. Before they married in 1960, June served as a Police Officer in London, England. She developed several ties to the Dallas Police Department when the Jagos moved to Dallas in 1984 so that Gordon could start his extensive career with the Dallas Sidekicks.
In honor of the June Jago, this memorial fund was established to assist the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation in its police support efforts.