ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Video of the wannabe cop killer Christopher Chase’s cross-city shooting rampage now has national attention over the country’s exposure to violence and some wondering if social media is helping share “too much” over the internet.
Earlier this week, Albuquerque Police released the lapel camera recordings from the day of the shooting where Chase went on a shooting spree through the city and ended at a gas station in Albuquerque’s North Valley.
The video shows exactly what officers and deputies faced: roughly thirty minutes of violent chaos that ended with three officers and one deputy suffering gunshot wounds. Recently released autopsy results show that Chase died from eight different gunshot wounds fired by officers.
Now thanks to social media, the video has spread like wildfire and it’s sparking national conversation. A “Headline News” cable channel program called “Dr. Drew On Call” discussed the video several days after its release.
“(Is it) a good thing or a bad thing that we’re able to have access like we are? What do you think?” asked the host, Dr. Drew Pinsky of a panel of guests with expertise in social media. The program highlighted APD’s release of the lapel camera video, attempting to address the issue: “does the rise of the social media era mean we’re seeing things we shouldn’t?”
Video of the Albuquerque crime shocked the panel of guests, however, it garnered several different responses.
“I just don’t want to see that,” said Meghan Camerena, a professional YouTube video creator.
“And I think this guy specifically was you know, something we can find every day in video games,” said Sean Klitzner, another professional YouTube video creator.
Some of the panel experts said they believe APD’s lapel camera video shouldn’t be out there for everyone to share.
“I’m well aware of what’s happening in the news and all over the world, this is just something that I don’t like to see,” said Camerena.
“I think it’s crazy. I think it’s a horrible thing,” said Klitzner.
However, others argue that the video of what happened in Albuquerque is a real event and people should know about it.
“I do think its a good thing that people are able to see that this is out there and there’s crazy people in the world that are doing things like this,” said Cat Valdes, another professional YouTube video creator.
While there may be no “right answer,” the video, which is exposing what happened in our backyards, is leaving an impact on many more people throughout the country.
“When I watch this I immediately felt like that I, what Sean had just said, was watching Grand Theft Auto, and that scared me,” said Samantha Schacher, a social commentator.
So far, nearly a dozen different compilations of the lapel cam shooting video have been uploaded to YouTube alone and several other websites have picked up the video.