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Live streaming service is providing another view of reality

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Live streaming the world around us through our cell phones is the new reality. (WFSB) Live streaming the world around us through our cell phones is the new reality. (WFSB)
FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Live streaming the world around us through our cell phones is the new reality.

Just last week, we saw the reach of that technology as a police-involved shooting death was broadcast live on Facebook.

The shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile has been viewed more than five million times.

He was killed at the hands of a Minnesota police officer, and Castile’s girlfriend live streamed the incident moments after the shots were fired.

"To feel for the woman in the car and the child in that car and the officer standing outside that car, there is a lot of emotion occurring in that video,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

He said he has accepted that officers, including his, will be videotaped, and civilians have that right. His hope is that the public will reserve judgment until an investigation is complete.

"Every use of force should be reviewed and has to be reviewed to see whether or not it was appropriate use of force. To take that snippet and make judgments on that snippet alone is doing an injustice to everyone,” MacNamara said.

Facebook made the live streaming feature available to everyone a few months ago, and social media experts said the technology is taking us into unchartered territory, even reshaping how the public perceives news.

"When people see these events, they need to take into account that this is just coming from one side and to dig a little deeper,” said Alison Podworski, of Alison May Public Relations.

Like with any technological phenomenon, there will be rewards and consequences.

"We're going to see more of live streaming. We're going to see more of people using that power to get their message across for good and for not so good,” Podworski said.

"Our training and our professionalism should carry us through, whether or not we're recorded,” MacNamara said.

Police said they also worry that live streaming during an active scene, like the ambush in Dallas, compromises the safety of officers and the public by giving away their location.

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