Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 5 a.m.
The two men lay motionless on the sidewalk outside a South L.A. carwash, pools of blood spilling from their heads. With the paramedics still on their way, people crowded around the men and pulled out their phones.
Before detectives arrived, an image had been posted to Instagram, then circulated on Facebook and Twitter.
One man would live, but the family of the man who died found out about it through the graphic photo.
For some, the photo — and its distribution — was a brazen, inappropriate act. The next day, members of a Los Angeles City Council committee on gangs and public works denounced the posting.
"It was just disgusting. It was just immoral," Councilman Joe Buscaino, a former police officer, told the committee.
But the photo also is an example of how social media is changing policing — and how people in communities such as South L.A. are reacting to ...
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