McDonald's employees helped nab the Facebook murder suspect

Kristopher Drake
April 19, 2017

Since the incident and the video being shared across the internet, Facebook has been facing a backlash over how videos such as this one can be posted and shared before the social network can take it down.

Based on the timeline, there was a significant gap between when the video of the shooting was reported and when it was taken down by the company.

"There is a lot of work to do here", he told a developers' conference.

Pennsylvania State Police say Stephens "was spotted just after 11 a.m. this morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania, which is less than two miles from PSP Troop E headquarters".

"There was a short pursuit in which the vehicle was stopped".

"When people go on the run like this, at some point in time, they need help", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams told a news conference earlier Tuesday, before Stephens was found dead. They say state police tried to pull him over and, after a brief chase, he shot himself.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday the company would do all it can to "prevent tragedies like this from happening again". Up to US$50,000 (S$69,814) had been offered for information leading to his arrest.

Another interesting fact about Stephens is that he apparently word as a counselor in a behavioral health agency. Authorities said Stephens killed Godwin and posted video of the killing on Facebook before fleeing the state, triggering a nationwide manhunt.

Criminal justice expert Dr. Ross Riggs said killers like Stephens who commit crimes on video are all about making a splash.

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens tells Godwin before pointing a gun at him.

Incredibly, two of the victim's daughters said they forgive their father's killer.

There was no indication Godwin knew Stephens' girlfriend. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed to the murder.

Added Godwin's tearful son, Robert Godwin Jr.: "Steve, I forgive you". "I don't really want to see it". Stephens' account has since been taken down. We can't do this in this country. It acknowledged the delay had been too long and said it was reviewing its protocols. When police received the tip, they responded to the scene where a brief pursuit began.

Mr Stephen's chilling video triggered a backlash against Facebook, even the social media giant is grappling with its role in policing content on its global platform.

A woman says the Cleveland man suspected in a random videotaped killing posted on Facebook almost hit her as he left the Pennsylvania McDonald's restaurant where an employee recognized him and called 911. At the end of the day, that's up to God, you know?

(Cleveland Police via AP, File).

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