Police Say They Can’t Get Video Of 12-Year-Old’s Suicide Off Facebook

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A preteen girl took her life back in December and live-streamed her death for the world to see, but authorities are unable to have the graphic footage removed.

Georgia authorities have raised many eyebrows after saying they are unable to get footage of a young girl’s suicide removed from the internet.

On Dec. 30, 2016, a 12-year-old Cedartown girl named Katelyn Nicole Davis live-streamed her suicide on Live.me. The footage was later distributed on Facebook and YouTube, Mashable reports.

YouTube took down the video as it violates the site’s policy on violent and graphic content; however, copies of the video are still accessible on Facebook.

According to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, the department has received emails and international phone calls requesting the footage be removed.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much the police can do.

“We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down and by law they don't. But it's just the common decent thing to do in my opinion," Dodd said.

On Monday, the Polk County Police Department posted a plea on Facebook asking people not to share and distribute videos or other details related to Davis’ death.

However, it seems odd that the authorities are essentially powerless to have the footage removed, particularly as the investigation is ongoing.

Some Facebook users have expressed support for the video remaining accessible online so it can be used as a tool to raise suicide awareness.

Furthermore, several people believe that Davis’ choice to share it online should be honored as it indicates she wanted her story to be told.

With or without the video, Davis’ tragic death is certainly a cautionary tale that her loved ones are likely struggling to come to terms with — shame on the insensitive people who have been sharing the clip. Someone’s pain should never be another person’s entertainment. 

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