Baltimore County Police officials decided, for now, not to follow procedures to identify the officer who shot and killed Korryn Gaines, the New York Daily News reports.
A statement from authorities said the standard procedure is to release the names of officers involved in shootings about 48 after the incidents. However, recent incidents in which police offers were gunned down in Dallas and Baton Rouge have created a climate of fear.
“BCoPD has received an unprecedented number of threats against police, including threats and actions against specific officers and officials,” the statement said.
On Monday, the police attempted to serve Gaines, 23, a warrant at her home for failing to appear in court. Gaines, who was armed with a shotgun and had her 5-year-old son with her, exchanged gunfire with the police.
There are numerous questions about how and why the incident escalated into a violent confrontation. Part of the investigation involves the role of social media, according to the New York Times.
The police said videos from inside Gaines’ apartment were posted to her Instagram account during the standoff. According to authorities, online followers encouraged the woman to resist arrest.
The police asked Facebook, which owns Instagram, to deactivate Gaines’ account. Facebook complied.
“It’s key for these trained negotiators to be able to interact with the subject without distraction, without interference from the outside,” a police spokesperson explained at a news conference.
The Times reported that Facebook received 855 government requests for emergency disclosures in the second half of 2015.