Hostile Social Media Posts Concern Lauderdale County Investigators
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As new details emerge about the officer involved shooting, authorities tell WHNT News 19 Mitchel Campbell had a gun in his hand, when law enforcement arrived to the scene, Saturday.
Deputies responded to County Road 277 in the Central community for a shots fired call.
This case has sparked a lot of emotion and law enforcement say they are now concerned about threats being made on social media sites.
Detectives are monitoring the threats, and the sheriff’s department stepped up security to ensure the safety of their deputies.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s deputies say a memorial Facebook page called “Justice For Mitch” has transformed into a forum for hateful language and even threatening remarks. This page, along with posts on people’s personal pages are keeping detectives on high alert.
“It has gotten a little out of hand,” said Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Investigator, Travis Clemmons.
Mitchel Campbell died from three gunshot wounds to the chest.
“We`re human beings and any kind of threat will put you on guard,” said Clemmons. “We don`t want this to get worse and keep snowballing into things that don`t need to happen.”
Since these posts surfaced, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department stepped up patrols and for now, more than one deputy is required to respond to certain calls.
“It could take a few minutes longer, because we are making sure we have enough people on the call to ensure the safety of them, and the people who need us,” said Clemmons.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling this case and the evidence collected from the scene will be sent to the state forensics lab.
As this investigation progresses, sheriff’s investigators say they hope to diffuse the hostility between Campbell’s family and friends and the department, before another situation escalates.