Cybercrimes on the rise
As technology continues to advance, so do the number of crimes caught on video and social media.
Most recently evidenced by the arrests of three people by the Gulfport Police Department two weeks ago in connection with a Facebook live video that showed a local woman being beaten down and also exploited in other ways.
The three suspects are charged with kidnapping in this case and 19-year-old Haleigh Alexis Hudson is facing an additional charge of sexual battery. All three are awaiting trial after the community expressed outrage over the social media postings.
District Attorney Joel Smith tells News 25 more of these types of cases are coming in. “The addition of Facebook live videos and different videos that are added to the criminal court system is something that is new for us and it’s something that we are leaning how to deal with, more importantly, how to use it and how to integrate it into the system. If a crime or evidence of a crime is captured on video we want to make sure that we’re able to capture that and use that in a court system to help prosecute the case.”
As technology continues to advance, lawmakers are struggling to keep laws up to date in regards to cybercrime.