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Officials encourage respect on social media during tragedies

The Colquitt County Sheriff's Office asked for people to be respectful when it comes to posting on social media about tragedies. (Source: Facebook) The Colquitt County Sheriff's Office asked for people to be respectful when it comes to posting on social media about tragedies. (Source: Facebook)
Colquitt County Sheriff's Office (Source: WALB) Colquitt County Sheriff's Office (Source: WALB)
Chris Robinson (Source: WALB) Chris Robinson (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

Investigators in one south Georgia county are asking for respect and sympathy when it comes to what you post on social media. 

The Colquitt County Sheriff's office recently asked its followers on Facebook to think twice before posting details about tragedies.

That includes homicides, suicides, and traffic related fatalities. 

Investigator Chris Robinson said witnesses of such incidents have posted pictures, details, and names of the people involved, which has led to victim's family members finding out on social media. 

"I just felt bad for the family, just seeing what they were going through, and the reaction when they got to us and said, 'Hey, we found out on Facebook that our son had gotten killed in the accident,'" said Robinson. "And just seeing the pain and the emotion that they were going through at the time prompted me to say, 'Hey, let's try to get a positive message out.'"

Robinson said when people post rumors about investigations on social media, that takes investigators off the case to follow false leads.

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