SACRAMENTO, CA - Social media is opening up a whole new world for law enforcement: it helps spread the word about crimes and even catch the bad guys sometimes. But it really helps when suspects live stream their alleged crime on Periscope.
For an hour, Damon Batson and his cameraman, Carlos Gonzalez, broadcast live, detailing their plan.
"We riding over there right now," said Batson. "His girl supposedly got a dude in the crib so we gonna ride over there see what we can do."
All the while, viewers are watching the Periscope stream, liking it with hearts and egging on the two with live comments. One even challenges Gonzalez to prove the gun is real, prompting him to fire a shot.
"We're very fortunate that it ended this way, that no one got hurt," said Sgt. Doug Morse with the Sacramento Police Department.
Officers heard about the broadcast and reviewed a tape of it, making it very easy to track down Batson and Gonzalez.
"It's not something we see every day and it is almost unprecedented," said Morse.
Could that be because it's not a very good idea to broadcast a crime in real time? Probably. That's why Batson and Gonzalez share the title of Dumbass of the Day.