St. Louis police chief brags about using app for panhandling bust — and gets hammered on Twitter
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson took to Twitter to promote his department’s new crime tip app, only to get a chilly response.
As the Riverfront Times reported, Dotson said the $35,000 SLMPD Mobile app was producing “great results” after a user’s tip led to a panhandling arrest — the first since the app launched on Sunday.
Dobson’s post can be seen below.
Seeing great results from SLMPD Mobile! First official arrest as a result of our app made yesterday after an anonymous tip for panhandling.
— Chief Sam Dotson (@ChiefSLMPD) June 2, 2016
Unfortunately for Dodson, other users quickly hammered him not only for celebrating the arrest of someone who was presumably poor, but for privacy concerns that the app brings to light:
— ₩e$t Florissant Ave (@ThatsRacistAF2) June 3, 2016
@ChiefSLMPD Help the homeless instead of kicking them when they're down. Where's your fukn compassion???
— bazinga (@Primit1v3) June 2, 2016
@ChiefSLMPD Here's a non-anonymous tip: Nobody grows up WANTING to be a beggar.
— Giles Blunt (@GilesBluntBooks) June 3, 2016
— THE LEGO COUCH GUY (@ironghazi) June 3, 2016
@ChiefSLMPD Welcome to the Third Reich where neighbors inform on neighbors for "committing" non-crimes.
— Fixer Guy (@Fixer_guy) June 3, 2016
@ChiefSLMPD How on earth are you proud of this? Seek help.
— angelashmangela (@disnazzio) June 3, 2016
Reporter Ryan J. Reilly, who was arrested while covering the riots in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, also joined the chorus against Dobson:
Uber, but for having desperate human beings locked in cages because they slightly inconvenienced you for a second. pic.twitter.com/JCdj9SJxfE
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 3, 2016