CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- Two people are facing charges after Chattanooga Police say a sexual assault was live-streamed on Facebook for thousands to see. We spoke with investigators about how they solve cases, when the key piece of evidence is a video on social media. Sgt. Josh May says when they got the call about the video they also noticed that people were tagging news stations and the police department, but more so sharing it for more and more
Sgt. Josh May says when they got the call about the video, they also noticed that people were tagging news stations and the police department, but more so sharing it for more and more people to see.
That’s when police say they were racing against the clock.
Over the last decade, Sgt. May says the statistics show a direct correlation between social media and crime rates. While the department has had to adapt to the times and fast… they want people to realize once it’s out there- police can find it.
Sgt. May believes, “That’s what a lot of young people don’t understand. They think it’s just a game.and they can take it and delete it. It’s not that simple. Whatever you do in the future is going to be there.”
Back on June 8th, police were alerted of a live-streamed sexual assault and less than 2 weeks later… two arrests were made. Sherman Hubbard is accused of attempted rape and Tyasiza Roberson is accused of live streaming it for more than 5,000 people to see.
“It’s definitely disheartening … it’s the lowest of the low. people who don’t have any kind of moral compass to just freely share and give snide remarks about a situation that they are never going to have to live with per say… it doesn’t affect them in their day to day,” says Sgt. May.
Sgt. May says they worked tirelessly to get the video off the web so that the 17-year-old victim did not have to continue to relive the trauma. He says in situations like this where the department was actually tagged in the video…. that’s what they needed to get the ball rolling. They will carry the load if you simply say something if you see something.
Sgt. May pleaded, “If you could do it anonymously and we can put it on our shoulders to make the case without necessarily having to use your name… that’s even better. We would rather be the ones … we know we will show up to court and we know we’re gonna testify … we’re not putting it on the shoulders of anybody else.”
The department is working to have a full “Real Time Intelligence Unit” so that they can catch videos like this one … early…. before it goes viral.
May says, “Some people say big brothers watching and I call it police solving crimes.”
Jail officials say both of the suspects are out of jail. Police say anytime you see a video like this…. take that link and send it to them. If you can’t find their contact information, tag them or send it to the media and we will make sure it gets them. You can always remain anonymous.