The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is getting praise for its use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.
MPHProgramslist.com scored the 100 largest cities on how well they utilize social media.
St. Louis came in at the 19th spot. The department got praise for boasting over 5500 followers on Twitter and regularly posting to its YouTube channel. St. Louis scored better than other major cities such as Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.
Dallas topped the list, with Boston in the second spot.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has approved legislation that would impose tougher punishment on anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack.
The bill passed the Senate last month. The 102-6 House vote now sends the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn.
Lawmakers said the legislation is in response to recent incidents in Chicago in which groups of young people descended on Michigan Avenue and other locations to rob or attack people.
Police say the suspects used text messaging and social media such as Twitter to organize and publicize the attacks.
The bill would allow a judge to impose an extended sentence if someone used electronic communication in a mob action.
Rep. Christian Mitchell is a Chicago Democrat. He says the legislation will make communities throughout Illinois safer.