Monday, April 25, 2016

State police using online surveillance to track talk on Flint water crisis

State police officials are using online surveillance to monitor social media comments made about the Flint water crisis, according to emails released by Gov. Rick Snyder's office.

The emails show that officials attempted on at least one occasion to initiate criminal proceedings against a Copper City man over allegedly threatening comments he made on Facebook about the government's handling of the crisis.

"It's time for civil unrest. Burn down the Governor mansion, elimionate (sic) the capitol where the legislators RE-INSTATED the emergency dictator law after the PEOPLE voted it down, and tell the Mich (sic) State Police if they use military force, we will return with same," according to a state police email about the Facebook post.

A state police official declined comment on any possible investigations stemming from the online surveillance, but said the information they collect is shared with other state agencies that could be affected.

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