Police investigating local video that has raised concerns on social media

Monroe, La-- - A local video has spread like wildfire on social media.

It's of multiple men waving guns and pointing them at the camera, right outside a Waffle House restaurant in Monroe. 

It's also a video that has encouraged concerned citizens to reach out to police. 

"They had screenshotted the Facebook post and still shot photos and even the video itself was uploaded and sent to us," Detective Chris Bates with the Monroe Police Department said. 

Bates said it's important for everyone to understand what you can do in case you see something questionable on the internet, or in person.

He said anyone can reach the police department by phone or even on social media.

"We check it everyday, several times a day. We respond to whoever calls in, or writes in, or sends pictures," Bates said.

He encourages everyone to send photos and videos they've seen on social media, or taken themselves that may show someone breaking the law. 

"With us working together we can make a difference and it is. People are sending us pictures all the time," Bates said.

Because in many cases, like this one, messages from citizens helped alert authorities and now they're investigating the incident.

"We jumped on that immediately and is thoroughly under investigation and we're following leads onto that right now," Bates said.

It's a task as simple as this-- if you see something, say something. 


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