reply to post by silo13
For the what if part and the camera ask yourself this -
You are a police officer working this case. You have seen the video and you know the child was abducted, but you cant identify the abductor or
pinpoint their location. You are not sure if the abducted child is dead or alive, which means the case is investigated as if the child is still
Do you take that video info and release the info to the public?
If you do release the video -
Option 1 - The abductor realizes they are caught, drops the child off somewhere and hauls ass out of the area.
Option 2 - The abductor realizes they are caught, and kills the child and hauls ass out of the area.
Option 3 - The abductor realizes they are caught, and on their way out of town they snag a second child.
Option 4 - The abductor realizes they are caught, kills and dumps the first child, and snags a 2nd on the way out.
Option 5 - The abductor realizes they are caught and a hostage / standoff situation ensues resulting in death.
etc etc etc.. I can keep going but you get the idea.
You will need to weigh any action / decision on the release of information against the implications to the current case and the impact on the
community playing the what if game. You are dealing with an individual who saw fit to abduct a child, already establishing the fact the suspect is not
all present in the mind. An action to warn the public may make perfect sense to you and the public, but to the abductor it could mean something else
You see the release of info as a way out of the situation for the child and abductor. Thought is since you know who you are looking for, the abductor
should take that as he needs to surrender because its over with.
The abductor may very well take it as its over with, however in his mind whats over with is not the situation, but his life, resulting in completely
random actions that would make no sense to us.
Sometimes releasing a smoking gun to soon can result in negative implications to the current situation, making it a lot worse and actually placing the
public in more danger rather than less.
If the abductor is in Denny's with the child eating, and info was released to the public, its not out of the realm of possibility that the public wont
try to confront the individual, resulting in an abduction and now a hostage situation involving 20 people.
Every action has a reaction....
You have to weigh the publics safety and interest in the case with that of the safety / interest of the person abducted.
Not an easy task in the least....
You are welcome.. If there are others here who have more info / familiarity with the States laws feel free to chime and an correct any info I may have
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