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CPD: Social media "wonderful tool" for them to provide info

CPD: Social media

(Cleveland) - The Miracle In Cleveland story has had a bit of everything... drama... sadness... and endless speculation.

That's been a difficult situation for the Cleveland Police Department to deal with. How do you get the truth out when there's so much speculation.

Det. Jennifer Ciaccia says that's where Twitter comes in. In an era of instant information, it's how CPD can get the truth to reporters and the public alike.

Det. Ciaccia says with dozens of reporters from Cleveland, the networks and around the world asking when the next update will be, she gives them the Twitter handle. It's @CLEPolice

For the public, it's the best way to get the story "from the horse's mouth" so to speak. Det. Ciaccia says, "We can put things out to the community, into the media, verbatim, our words, and it's accessible right away."

Det. Ciaccia says media are encouraged to confirm reports from unofficial sources prior to presenting it to the public. 

For example, Chief Michael McGrath points to multiple media inquiries regarding reports of naked women and women in chains at the Seymour home.

McGrath and Ciaccia comfirm that after reviewing the call intake system extensively, only two calls for service from police are shown at that address.

One call was from the resident, Ariel Castro, reporting a fight in the street. The second call was in relation to an incident regarding Ariel Castro and his duties as a bus driver. Police investigated the possibility that Castro had left a child unattended on a school bus. The investigation included an interview with Castro; however, officers did not enter the home. No charges were filed in that incident.

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