Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Police baffled by Cleveland Facebook video killing


Facebook Inc launched a review on Monday (April 17) of how it handles violent videos and other objectionable material, saying it needed to do better after a video of a killing in Cleveland on Sunday remained on its website and mobile app for two hours. He is considered armed and unsafe. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture and prosecution of him. But as the manhunt dragged on Monday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a retiree, police were unable to explain what set him off.

Stephens got out of the auto and approached Godwin, saying, "Hey can you do me a favor?" and asked him to say his girlfriend's name.

Police say Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe.

Meanwhile, police in Cleveland have no idea where the suspect is. Residents are urged not to approach him and to call 911 if he is spotted.

But police later said "there is no indication that the subject is at that location, or anywhere in the city of Philadelphia".

Finally, at 1:22 pm, the Stephen's account is disabled and all videos are removed. Police closed several blocks and put schools on lockdown.

Stephens posted three videos, Facebook said.

"This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook", said a spokesperson for Facebook.

A spokeswoman for the behavior health facility where the suspect in the shooting of an elderly Cleveland man worked says the man underwent an extensive Federal Bureau of Investigation background check before being hired in 2008. He helped young people develop job skills and find employment, said Beech Brook spokeswoman Nancy Kortemeyer.

Stephens had referred to himself as a case manager. Kortemeyer says he did have a caseload of clients that he managed. Stephens' mother said he was a social worker.

Robert Godwin Sr, 74, was shot and killed on Sunday, apparently picked out at random as he walked home after an Easter dinner, police and local media reported.

"To the young man who murdered my daddy, I ask that you please surrender", Godwin-Baines said.

Godwin's daughter said he was killed while collecting cans in a plastic shopping bag. "He's a man people should model themselves after", she said.

The search has spread to four neighbouring states: Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI.

Cleveland's police chief is telling residents to be careful.

Godwin was the father of 10 children - six girls and four boys. She says he spent the day before the shooting doing one of the things he loved most, fishing in Lake Erie.

An Ohio man claimed to be angry at a woman when he shot and killed an elderly passerby Sunday afternoon while streaming the murder on Facebook.

Authorities are telling people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout. There was no evidence Stephens had left Ohio, Williams said.

In the separate video, Stephens said: "I killed 13, so I'm working on 14 as we speak". Sunday afternoon - then posted a video of the homicide on Facebook, according to Cleveland police. They planned to provide updates on the search at a news conference later Monday morning.

Authorities also warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be alert for Stephens, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder. They said Stephens and Godwin didn't know each other.

Williams said police have spoken to her, and she is safe and cooperating with the investigation. Authorities have warned people in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be alert for him, and the FBI is assisting in the investigation.

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