Fmr Fed Prosecutor: Better Monitor Social Media to Prevent Incidents Like SC Shooting

On Thursday’s “Paul Finebaum Show” on ESPN’s SEC Network, attorney Doug Jones commented on the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday.

Jones, who as a U.S. attorney, was the lead prosecutor that re-opened the cold case of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.

He suggested that a way to stop shootings like the one in Charleston or to even help combat ISIS, would be to monitor social media to ensure young people are not getting excited by hate groups.

“With the rise of the Internet and social media, with all of this going on across the spectrum of accessibility to young people. It plays into the fears. If somebody loses a job, somebody gets demoted from the football team by someone of another race, their fears can get played on by the people of the internet. It can get out of hand.”

“I don’t know if this guy ultimately was a member of a group or not, but it doesn’t really matter,” he added. “You can tell by the pictures I’ve seen on Facebook with the jackets he’s wearing with the hate symbols. That’s what I’m concerned about most, is people not monitoring social media to monitor that these young people are not reading the wrong things and not getting excited by these hate filled groups and we’re seeing it most with ISIS, and their unbelievable use of social media.”

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