After the fact policing

Here’s another reminder to be careful about what you post on social networking sites.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Adam Bauer posted a picture on his Facebook page showing him with a beer. The 19-year old was summoned to the police station where he was given a ticket for underage drinking.

“I just can’t believe it. I feel like I’m in a science fiction movie, like they are always watching. When does it end?” Bauer told the La Crosse Tribune.

“Law enforcement has to evolve with technology,” a La Crosse police officer said. “It has to happen. It is a necessity –not just for underage drinking.”

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(h/t: Than Tibbetts)

  • Tyler

    What if that picture had been taken at a family event? Where parents had given permission and were supervising? Would he have gotten a ticket then?

    The internet cops gotta cut it out.

  • Lynn

    This is so ridiculous. Where will the line be drawn? I foresee some type of statue of limitations coming out of this, otherwise how far back can police go?

  • BJ

    @Tyler

    Or perhaps he should learn that taking picture of yourself while doing illegal activities is not a smart thing to do.

  • phil

    he was doing something illegal, he deserved a citation. if he wasn’t, there wouldn’t have been an issue. it’s funny how people try to get away with everything they can then act like they’ve been violated when they get caught. maybe instead of complaining he could take this as a lesson. god, i’m starting to sound like my parents…

    @Tyler:

    if you’ve ever seen the pictures that college students put on facebook, it’s pretty clear when supervision and family are involved and when they are not.

  • Bismuth

    @BJ what if some random partygoer took the picture and uploaded it, and Adam just happened to be drinking in the background? It doesn’t sound like that is the case here, but other people have gotten in trouble in such situations. Digital cameras are everywhere now. Do we expect college students (or anyone for that matter) to never do anything illegal, ever?

  • http://lucydebate.blogspot.com Ryan

    On an intellectual level, I’m somewhat disturbed by the notion that he was cited for a crime long after the fact, using a piece of evidence that could have just as easily been fabricated or manipulated.

    But the most likely scenario is that he was presented this picture by an authority figure and confessed to doing something illegal. Nothing very novel about that.

  • Bob Collins

    Tyler hits on an interesting observation regarding parents. Actually, in Wisconsin, you can be 10 years old, I believe, and have a drink in a restaurant if you’re with your parents. But you can’t be 19 years old and have a drink without them.

  • BJ

    @Bismuth

    OK so he is not the stupid one – I say kick all the people out of parties that have a camera, including cell cameras!

    @ryan

    So if he had the photo been of a more serious crime, what is the time limit?

    Prehaps the police were looking for something more serious, and came accros this stuff, should they ‘just let it go’.

    What if one of the students die’s in another night of drinking after the police found these photos. Would we hold the police liable because they failed to act?

    I’m not saying that I never did anything wrong, but I am telling you that if anyone had taken photos’

  • Bonnie

    is there a statute of limitations? I recently put a picture of my brother on FB with a PBR in his hand, he might have been seventeen ( he’s fifty two now ) ;-)

    I’m so glad I was a teenager/college student ( the stupid years?) before cell cameras and facebook.