Police are putting the public on patrol as they release still images from viral YouTube videos in an attempt to nab dozens responsible for criminal activity in Saturday's riot. Our Erin Vannella tells us how social media continues to help police do their job and what the community thinks.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Have you seen these guys? Police have captured in stills the young men they're hoping to nab in the flesh.
"The majority of them, the faces are quite clear. So it's just a matter of time before we're able to identify them," said Albany Public Safety Spokesman James Miller.
Twenty-seven people are depicted in the photos taken from Saturday's viral riot videos. Police say the flyer, found streetside and online, is a new tool to help them make arrests.
"Take this five years ago or 10 years ago, we wouldn't been able to have this information. Now with the technology that's out there, with YouTube, with people carry cell phones that have the ability to take video and capture photos, they posted all this information, it's helpful," said Miller.
We asked neighborhood students if they think it'll work.
"Yeah, I do. I think that there's students who think that this behavior is horrific and will come forward," said Steven Friednman.
Honestly, if one of my friends were in it, I wouldn't text, I wouldn't call," said Connor Walash and Duilen Clements.
But remember this from Monday?
"Some of these kids thought they were going to come to Albany and use it as a playground and leave with a degree will leave with a conviction," said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.
Change your mind?
"I don't think anyone's gonna snitch, to be honest. I mean, it'd be pretty surprising if lots of people do snitch, I don't know," Walash and Clements said.
"If I knew, maybe I would say something, but I looked at these pictures and I'm not familiar with anyone," Friedman said.
Anyone with information about the individuals seen in the photos can call the Detective Division at (518) 462-8039 or text APDTIP.
Tips can also be reported on the City of Albany's website. Police also released a video clip from the incident which can be accessed through the police department’s Facebook page and Twitter page.
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