Just recently a bill was passed in Connecticut to withhold pictures of the killings that occurred during the Newtown School Massacre. The problem with the Sandy Hook elementary shootings investigation is not that the photos were not released to the public. It is that most of the photos seen on the news and the Internet look like a staged movie set. This leads many people to speculate whether this event ever really occurred.
This new law that Malloy passed applies to all homicide cases not just this one. Crime scene photos and videos cannot be released to the press. This was passed to protect the privacy of the victims and their families. Each case will have to be reviewed by a Commission. It strives to balance the victims privacy and the Freedom of Information Act.
Is this new law another way to control and censor the media or a way to protect victims and their families? This will certainly be a big debate in the weeks to come. The problem that many people have with the lack of photos of the violence is that the families of the victims were not shown photos or the bodies to identify their children. Most parents would want to be sure that their child was really killed. Would they just take the word of the police or military person or demand to be shown evidence. The lack of photos has given this entire event a feel of unreality for many people.
The way the investigation was handled bothered many citizens who thought it was too controlled and secretive. The lack of photos and the crime scene looked too organized and clean. No blood, no body bags, no photos that show any evidence of the crime leads you to conclude that it might have never occurred. Why was this case handled differently than others with hiding all the evidence from the new media and public? This almost sets a trend on future events like this and the Freedom of Information Act and the public's right to know.
The photos of the victims should most likely not be released to the public but the families should have been offered the opportunity to see photos or the body if they chose. The fact that this bill passed quickly and in secret bothers many Freedom of Information activists like the ACLU and other organizations. Many media companies and civil liberty organizations are against this new bill passed by Malloy controlling release of crime photos.
Other problems with this investigation was different reports by the news media of more than one gunman. There are videos of parents smiling when talking about their child that were just killed. This doesn't seem natural behavior for parents. Many memorial pages went up immediately not really the sign of mourning relatives. The lone gunman theory about a 20 year old autistic kid that never was violent just odd that suddenly killed 27 kids and adults just seems hard to buy if you really analyze and think about it. With no disrespect to the victims and their families there are just too many facts that some people question about the whole incident.
The access to crime photos gives the press and the general public a way to monitor the performance of our military, police and government. Having a bill apply to all cases seems like another way to take away the general public's power and civil liberties to make changes and ask questions that are needed for a better society.