LAPD Uses Facebook, Twitter, To Find Lakers Violence Suspects

08/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles authorities plan to use hundreds of images taken from police videos, business surveillance cameras, TV news footage, Twitter posts and Facebook pages to identify people who committed crimes after the L.A. Lakers NBA championship win last week.

Local police have already arrested 46 people but expect that number to grow. Officials warn it could take months to identify and arrest the suspects.

The Los Angeles Fire Department's arson unit on Friday released onto YouTube video of people smashing and setting fire to a taxi cab -- asking the public for help identifying those responsible for the damage. As of Monday, that video had gotten almost 200,000 views, and officials said they've gotten several solid tips.

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