Ames Police say videos and photos posted to social media helped them make three arrests in relation to the mob scene in Iowa State’s Campustown earlier this week.
“For being out there on Tuesday night, just about everyone had a cell phone and they were either taking pictures or taking videos,” says Commander Geoff Huff of the Ames Police Department.
What some intended to post to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, ended up in the hands of authority.
“I think they thought 'look at me' and now we're lookin’ at you,” laughed Huff.
Ames Police say social media is working in their favor and more arrests are likely to come.
“We’re most interested in the two cars that were flipped over and the light poles that were taken down.”
What can't be taken down is what’s been already posted and shared by others on the web.
Iowa State University journalism and communications professor, Raluca Cozma says if it goes on the web, it’s permanent.
Cozma says studies show some employers are making their decision to hire or fire employees based on what they post social media sites.
“That`s the problem with social media, we do something that`s very natural to us. We vent, we have emotional reactions to events. In the past we used to share with friends now our friends are on social media."
She says people should think twice about the false sense of privacy their social sites ensure because what you post could come back to haunt you.
“If you’re not comfortable having that tweet, Facebook post or Instagram photo published on the front page of the Des Moines Register, don`t post it at all.”
If you have any video, pictures or names of people who may have been involved in Tuesday’s events are you to contact the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133.
Other VEISHEA arrests
Despite calling off VEISHEA activities, the Ames Police were still busy Wednesday night.
Officers responded to 51 calls between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. They say that's a lot more than a normal Wednesday evening.
There were eight municipal infractions for nuisance parties. That was followed with one arrest for failure to end a nuisance party. There was also one arrest for public intoxication, one for interference with official acts and one for excessive noise from a vehicle. Police issued one citation for possession of alcohol under the legal age.
Officers will have extra staffing out again in Campustown again tonight.