A second social media snarl has come to light in the Christopher Dorner case.
Following the Thursday, Feb. 7 shooting of two Riverside Police Department officers in Riverside, allegedly by murder suspect Christopher Dorner, the Riverside Police Department tweeted the following from their @RiversidePolice Twitter account:
Sometime later that same morning, the tweet was removed. The next tweet from the RPD account, which remains on the department’s timeline:
Magnolia Ave and Arlington Ave open again— Riverside Police (@RiversidePolice) February 8, 2013
The last tweet reflects the opening of the Riverside intersection where the shooting happened in the early morning hours on that Thursday.
“The first tweet ['RPD officer murdered'] was put out prematurely,” Karen Haverkamp, a supervisor with the Riverside Police Department, told KPCC. “It wasn’t wrong, just put up a little bit early.”
The RPD later issued a news release regarding the shooting of two officers. Crain was killed on Feb.7 during an ambush at a stoplight, according to the Riverside Police Department. At the time, Crain was on patrol with a trainee officer, who was also injured. The second officer shot in the ambush has had surgery for his wounds and is recovering at Riverside Community Hospital.
Approximately 8,000 people attended funeral services for Officer Crain Wednesday, Feb. 13.
A release from the Riverside Police Department said Officer Michael Crain was killed “in the line of duty on Thursday, February 7, 2013, when he and his partner were ambushed while on routine patrol."
Officer Crain was 34 years old and an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department. He served two deployment tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Social media was a key player in the story, from Dorner's manifesto post and the use of Facebook by the Riverside Police Department, to Twitter.