A Twitter-addicted murder detective has come under fire for his extensive use of the micro-blogging site, which include uploading pictures of dead bodies.
LAPD Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera, a 30-year veteran with the city’s South Bureau, with 24 years spent as a homicide investigator, has been called ‘callous’ over what many see as his inappropriate and overuse of Twitter.
LA Taco wrote a story criticising him after he uploaded a picture of a recently murdered man whose bloodied corpse was lying on the sidewalk covered in a stained sheet.
He put the caption: ‘Guess where I’m at, it never ends’, under it.
The website said his actions were ‘cold’ and that he showed no compassion towards the family of the victim.
The FBI and LAPD squad leader is an active member of the social networking site and tweets several times a day, uploading pictures of everything from things he sees on his job to food and scenery shots.
Detective LaBarbera has more than 1,500 followers and said of his homicide picture: ‘That’s the same exact photo the news folks would have taken.’
According to City News Service, the victim was 32-year-old Oscar Arevalo was shot dead on the sidewalk, in the 10600 block of Wilmington Avenue, around 9am.
Police have since announced that they believe two gang-affiliated suspects walked up to him, delivered the fatal bullets and ran away.
When asked by the LA Weekly about the criticism, Detective LaBarbera – who was born and raised in New York – said he sees no problem with the photo, or with his Twitter activity in general., and claims that thousands of cops all over the country do it.