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Facebook closed Korryn Gaines’ account while she filmed her police encounter.

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Korryn Gaines, shot and killed by Baltimore police on Monday, attempted to film and post videos to Facebook, documenting the tense exchange. Like Diamond Reynolds’ viral taping of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, and the aftermath of his police shooting, Gaines tried to record the extent of her standoff. However, the police asked Facebook to deactivate her account while they were negotiating. Facebook complied. From BuzzFeed News:

Some viewers told Gaines, who had her 5-year-old son nearby, not to listen to negotiators, said Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. Authorities filed an emergency request to Facebook, successfully petitioning the company to suspend Gaines’ account. About an hour later Gaines’ social media accounts were taken offline.

“Gaines was posting video of the operation, and followers were encouraging her not to comply with negotiators’ requests that she surrender peacefully,” a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department said. “This was a serious concern; successful negotiations often depend on the negotiators’ ability to converse directly with the subject, without interference or distraction during extremely volatile conditions.”

By the time the standoff was over Gaines would be fatally shot by police and her son injured by a bullet. The incident highlights the relationship authorities have with social media platforms like Facebook at a time when people are increasingly filming and broadcasting their interactions with police.

Her son, shot in the exchange, is expected to recover from his injuries. Police have yet to confirm whether Gaines or the officers shot the boy. We don’t have video evidence because, well…

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