Seattle police officer uses a Destiny livestream to discuss a controversial shooting death

    
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Let’s see if you can follow the chain of logic here. Police officers in Seattle shoot and kill a alleged burglary victim, resulting in controversy over whether or not the officers made the right decision. All understandable. One of the officers of the department took to Twitch in order to deliver an update on the shooting and the reasons behind it; again, understandable, albeit perhaps not the best choice of platforms.

Of course, he was also taking to Twitch so he could stream while playing Destiny. A game where you shoot things. Like, that’s the whole game.

Saying “don’t livestream a game about shooting people while discussing an actual shooting your department is being criticized for” seems like it should be kind of obvious, but apparently not. The officer in question has stated that he felt failing to discuss the shooting would be seen as a cop-out, although that doesn’t really explain why he felt that was the ideal time to combine these two things. We should all just be happy it wasn’t Grand Theft Auto Online.

Source: Kotaku
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draugris

Absolutely inappropriate for a police officer to discuss an incident where a human being lost his live because of a shooting in a twitch stream. What´s wrong with those people.

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traja

I honestly didn’t make the connection of playing a game about shooting while talking about shooting until I read up to the part that did. To me games are so obviously pure fiction that their content makes no difference regardless of what real life issue you are talking about.

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Jack Pipsam

It was a more human way to connect with people than the standard rigid press-meeting.

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kgptzac

Except it isn’t. If it’s a Destiny stream on Twitch, then as a view I expect the content, streamer, and the chat to be actually on-topic, ie, enjoying the said game instead of talking about official local police business.

I know we are in a multitasking age, but I believe that my species has the sapience which understands efficiency and appropriateness. If you want to do a stream to talk about local police incident Twitch, do it without playing video games.

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Koshelkin

I don’t know RL violence and vg violence are 2 separate things. What he did, imo, was talking about a public matter and playing a popular videogame. Destiny is a very surreal videogame(like most videogames) but I wouldn’t have minded it even if he had played Division or GTAO. GTAO would have been worse to a degree as it so closely reimagines our world but yeah. Drawing undue connections here doesn’t help and isn’t proper.

It was one form of public relations. Transparency is always a good thing.

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Utakata

This seems to give a new meaning to shooting first and asking questions later. Why not do it over playing a MMO? o.O

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Scratches

Which one, though? APB?

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Barantor

The officer in question didn’t play while talking about the shooting, but played later in the stream. They have now taken down the video and are discontinuing using that medium as a way to talk to the public.

It is too bad, because the more conversation that happens the more understanding happens and possibly the more things like this can start being fixed.

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Brown Jenkin

Ugh, in a way its good I guess that this was posted here, in another I wish it wasn’t. Its often a little weird being any sort of minority gamer, but when stuff like this comes up and folks start sharing their opinions it can be really rough to realize you’ve got nothing in common with some of the folks you consider pals aside from playing on the same side in a video game. Empathy can be a hard thing for anyone, the internet I think makes it harder, casual discussion while pwning face in a video game makes it pretty damned difficult to impossible. Time and again it tends to result (for me) in just losing a few friends and making nerdy hobbies a bit lonelier.

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Arktouros

This is one of those things I never would have thought there was any problems with until other people pointed out there’s a problem with it.

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mysecretid

Jaysis Murphy and his Irish disciples!

Somebody needs their “social calibration” wetware updated immediately!

Yeesh!

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rafael12104

Hmm. So, I’m not sure I see the issue. Not the best platform, but assuming that everyone understands that Destiny is a game and pure fiction, what is the problem? The two things, in my view don’t correlate at all. Because you play Desitiny doesn’t make you more likely to use more force than playing Pokeman.

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starbuck1771

It’s a trust issue. Some will see it as a cop more or less rubbing the issue in. As I said their judgement is under question. The incident that just happened in St. Louis put it in even more questionable light. What happened? A white cop shot a off duty black cop just because of the color of his skin. If the Seattle shooting is still under investigation he also broke procedure.

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Nathan Aldana

its like this. if I already see cops as trigger happy wannabe heroes who think they can solve every issue by gunning it down, someone talking about an accidental shooting while playing a videogame where you solve all problems by gunning it down mercilessly and looting the corpse while being praised as heroes is probably not going to make me trust them any more.