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Police Facebook posts under fire

Officers’ flippant updates go too far, civil-rights groups say

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Photographs by AP/STEPHAN SAVOIA

Lt. Paul Roderick sits at his desk at police headquarters in Taunton, Mass., last week. Police departments are increasingly using Facebook to inform their communities about what they’re doing and who they’ve been arresting.

BOSTON -- A driver mows down six mailboxes, slurs her words and tells police she has a lizard in her bra. Throw in a wisecracking police officer, and what do you get? A flippant post on Facebook, along with photos of the woman, and of course, her lizard.

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