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Podcast: The Role of Social Media in Response to Officer-Involved Shootings

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

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Two deadly police-involved shootings in one week left two black, middle-aged men dead in two cities 1,000 miles apart — Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla.

While the handling of videos from the incidents have been markedly different between the two cities, both Charlotte and Tulsa Twitter feeds have been conspicuously quiet.

On this episode of GovTech Social, Brian Purchia, co-founder of CivicMakers and long-time media and public policy strategist, reflects on how city governments can and should use social media in case of police-involved shootings that spark public protests.

Also in an interview with with regulars Dustin Haisler, Anil Chawla and Paul Taylor, Purchia talks about a newly released data tool designed to bring consistent transparency in police use-of-force that has debuted in California (see a related article in The Wall Street Journal). At the time of this episode's recording, Eyragon Eidam is on assignment.

Credited for a groundbreaking new media strategy at the time, Purchia was present when the city of San Francisco began its pioneering work with social media. 

With a public service career that began with the election of Gavin Newsom as mayor, Purchia also takes stock of the legacy of his work in developing the nation’s first open data law, open source software policy and API for government. 

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Paul W. Taylor is the Senior Editor of e.Republic Editorial and of its flagship titles - Government Technology and Governing.
Dustin Haisler is the chief innovation officer of Emergency Management’s parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As chief innovation officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.