Facebook sued by family of victim in fatal shooting video - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Facebook sued by family of victim in fatal shooting video

Posted: Updated:

CLEVELAND (AP) - The family of a Cleveland retiree whose shooting death was recorded and shared on Facebook is suing the social media company for failing to notify authorities about threats posted by the shooter.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed over the April slaying of Robert Godwin Sr. calls Facebook negligent because it has extensive data-mining capabilities but didn't catch and report the shooter's threats of violence before the shooting.

A lawyer for Facebook didn't address those specific allegations in a statement to WJW-TV, but she expressed sympathy for Godwin's family and noted that content violating Facebook's policies is removed when users report it.

Gunman Steve Stephens shared video of shooting the 74-year-old Godwin along a Cleveland street. The 37-year-old Stephens killed himself two days later after a police chase in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Rich San Francisco businesses could face homelessness tax

    Rich San Francisco businesses could face homelessness tax

    Monday, October 15 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-10-15 15:27:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Stormy Nichole Day, left, sits on a sidewalk on Haight Street with Nord (last name not given) and his dog Hobo while interviewed about being homeless in San Francisco. A measure on San Francisco's Nov. ...(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Stormy Nichole Day, left, sits on a sidewalk on Haight Street with Nord (last name not given) and his dog Hobo while interviewed about being homeless in San Francisco. A measure on San Francisco's Nov. ...
    San Francisco voters have a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would tax hundreds of the city's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill.More >>
    San Francisco voters have a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would tax hundreds of the city's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill.More >>
  • Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

    Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

    Monday, October 15 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-10-15 15:26:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool). Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, smile as they wait for the bridal procession at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, Englan...(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool). Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, smile as they wait for the bridal procession at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, Englan...
    Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring.More >>
    Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring.More >>
  • Calls for new regulation mount as limo crash victims mourned

    Calls for new regulation mount as limo crash victims mourned

    Monday, October 15 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-10-15 15:21:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hans Pennink). Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink). Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says there are glaring gaps in safety data about limousines because federal officials haven't done enough to investigate limo wrecks.More >>
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says there are glaring gaps in safety data about limousines because federal officials haven't done enough to investigate limo wrecks.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms