Facebook and Korryn Gaines

This is a heartbreaking story about overcriminalization, police accountability, and the effectiveness of social media as a tool to bear witness.

Gaines was using social media to broadcast the standoff, which began when officers showed up on Monday morning to serve a warrant. Police officials asked Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, to suspend Gaines’ accounts through what police called a “law enforcement portal”, a part of the site open to certified law enforcement agencies.

At some point after that, police shot Gaines, killing her.