Turning to social media

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — When a tragic event like today’s Washington D.C. shooting happens, people look to any source that will give them the newest pieces of information and that info isn’t always correct.

Today’s shooting is no different, as many people turned to social media sites like Facebook and twitter for the inside story.

We talked to some local members of law enforcement about this, who tells us for them, it’s important to sort out facts from rumors.

“One of the biggest hazards we face right away is misinformation,” Police Chief Dwaine Winkels of the Albert Lea Police Department said. “It’s very important for our dispatch center to get first hand, eye-witness accounts versus all the flooding of the rumors afterwards.”

He does say social media can be very helpful in some cases.

It can provide accounts, photos or video that can prove helpful to law enforcement.

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