Chad Walton has been confronting officers – and videotaping those confrontations – long before his road rage video (above) went viral on YouTube this week.
Post and Courier reporter Natalie Caula also reported today that Walton filed a similar complaint against a North Charleston police officer a year ago but the department determined the complaint to be unfounded.
Does Walton’s repeated confrontations with police change your opinion of what the North Carolina deputy did? Read the deputy’s public statement on Facebook here.
The coolest and yet most challenging aspect of social media is it gives everyone a platform. You no longer need “traditional media” to magnify your voice.
The challenge for journalists is when a seemingly newsworthy YouTube video with 300 views appears on your Facebook newsfeed and you literally watch it grow 10-fold and nearly 100-fold before you can get the first official to confirm what you think you’re seeing.
That’s what happened with this video Tuesday evening. Just goes to show how fast news can travel nowadays, even before it can be confirmed and vetted.