From the criminal point of view, video sharing of crimes couldn’t be a stupider thing to do because crimes posted to the web get media attention, acting as an instant “online wanted poster” for the police. A November 7 subway attack in New York City covered on YouTube provides the perfect example. Shot by New York film student, Kadejra Holmes, the video shows a group of teenage girls riding the subway and arguing with and then attacking a male passenger.
Holmes titled and posted the video on YouTube and soon realized she got more than she bargained for when authorities contacted her and claimed she was a part of the group doing the attack, which she denied. She deleted the video even though we all know that nothing posted online is ever gone. Her distraught parents told the New York Post:
“Kadejra did not know the teens involved in the assault and had just captured the incident on camera as she innocently rode the train.”
One can only wonder as to the truth about that, especially considering that our not-so-innocent video voyeur was arrested two months ago for taking part in a separate subway attack!
As art imitates life, it becomes more and more disturbing with more and more spectators wanting to participate vicariously.