Man’s Facebook post prompts visit from cop, citation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who says he loves making Facebook videos recently learned that he needs to more careful about what he posts on social media after he received a citation, KKTV reports.

Michael Dalton uploaded a video to a neighborhood Facebook page where it got a lot of attention, according to KKTV.

“On a whim I say, ‘Hey I’ll do a quick recording.’ I found this new little shortcut if you don’t want to go across the highway,” Dalton told KKTV.

KKTV reports that Dalton then recorded a short video that shows him cutting through the parking lot of an apartment complex that sits in between his neighborhood and a shopping center. About a week later, an officer visited his house and issued him a citation for reckless driving and running a stop sign.

“You have a First Amendment right to post whatever you want, and can. But if you’re breaking the law and it’s in our jurisdiction, then we can do something about it,” Sgt. Andy Leibbrand told KKTV.

“Is this where we’re at? Can they use videos from Facebook to give me traffic violations? Can they do that to everybody?” Dalton asked KKTV.

Dalton was also cited for harassment and trespassing due to a separate incident at that same apartment complex.

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