According to his twitter profile this morning Travis has 976,899 followers. Thanks to the wonders of social media, it probably took LAPD about 14 seconds to read the very same tweets that another million people were reading at the same time. “Officer Fard of Lapd, get a life man. Find some bank robbers or do something productive 2 do with your time. I know high school was hard 4 u” followed up by a quick “Pullin me over interrogating me & acting like u did over tinted windows till u scared the p**s out my kids was uncalled 4. Job well done man.”
Now @TravisBarker has his lawyer talking to @LAPD. I’m assuming the LAPD has some interest in avoiding a publicly broadcast tweet war with such a high profile individual and Travis probably has some interest in not drawing the undivided attention of the Los Angeles Police Department, or the other powers that be in Los Angeles. This incident will probably quietly resolve but the implications for the future are immense. Modern technology will continue to take center stage in the battle between law enforcement and individual privacy concerns and civil liberties. It’s a brave new world.