Now that the latest report on the latest mass murder is being released, there is a stir of excitement among certain members of these boards. No matter
what information is released or what conclusions reached, they will be rejecting them while clamoring for more. They seem to think they have an
inalienable right to unlimited access to crime scenes and reports. They don't. Go check the
Here are my questions to those people: What is your
interest in mass murder? Why do you find it so interesting? What do you feel can be accomplished by viewing photos of mutilated children? Why do you
watch videos of grieving parents so closely? What do you hope to learn? How does it affect you personally? What contribution do you hope to make to
Let's try a role play. Pretend that I am the Governor of a state that has just suffered a terrible tragedy. I have the power to release all the
information gathered during the course of an official law enforcement investigation, including crime scene photos, interviews with witnesses, autopsy
reports and so forth. Try to convince me to give you unlimited access to these files. Remember, as Governor, my duty is to protect the best interest
of my constituents, the citizens of our state. Also, I must provide for the smooth and efficient working of government. Here is why I have not allowed
amateur "investigators" to visit the scene and have been guarded about releasing information.
1. Crime scenes are chaotic enough without unauthorized people getting underfoot. They can obliterate important clues or, by accident or design, leave
false or misleading evidence.
2. Our law enforcement professionals must work as quickly and efficiently as possible; they cannot spend all their time in press conferences or
answering questions posed by individuals.
3. Victims and witnesses have been traumatized enough without being exposed to public pressure. It is both in their best interest and the interest of
an efficient investigation that they be shielded from unnecessary questioning.
4. Many witnesses will testify only on the promise of confidentiality. (That one is
guaranteed by the Constitution!)
5. Certain technical reports, such as autopsies and ballistics tests may not be properly understood by the general public. They are best left to
professionals who can interpret them in a court of law, if necessary.
6. Crime scene photographs can be traumatizing, even to those not directly involved, and certainly anguishing to survivors. They should only be
released on a "need to know" basis, such as in the case of a legal proceeding.
7. Psychological studies suggest that mass murderers find inspiration from previous atrocities. It is my opinion that giving them as little publicity
as possible is sound and wise policy.
There. Try to convince me that your
"need to know" outweighs what I firmly believe to be in the best public interest.
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by DJW001 because: Polishing, always polishing. --DJW001
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