DUI Mug Shots on Facebook?

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Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Ne...
Transcript by Newsy**** BY BRANDON TWICHELL You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. Most of us have had embarrassing photos on Facebook, but what if your mug shot was on there, too? The city council in Huntington Beach, California, recently rejected a plan to post mug shots to the police department’s Facebook page. We’re analyzing the failed plan with coverage from KTLA, The Allen Hunt Show, Staho, and Huntington Beach Independent. A city council member proposed posting mug shots on Facebook as a way to shame repeat DUI offenders, but the idea was struck down out of fear it would alienate residents altogether. Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA explains what would have happened if the city council had accepted the proposal. “That means people like Robert Rizzo, who had a DUI here last year, if he was to be arrested again for DUI, his mug shot--his new mug shot--would go up on the police department’s Facebook page.” The proposal was brought up in the first place because the city has the most alcohol-related driving deaths in California. Syndicated talk radio host Allen Hunt says he disagrees with the method, but he understands what the councilman wanted to accomplish. “Now, shame has its place, I’ll give you that. I’m not one of these people that wants to poo-poo shame. Shame is not only good--really, it’s not even good for the people who have been victimized, it’s good for the victimizers. It’s good for the perpetrator because it causes you to change and become a better person.” But a DUI attorney agrees with the city council’s decision and reasoning -- the people wouldn’t stand for it. “[U]ploading DUI suspects’ mug shots on Facebook is a violation of their right to privacy, and would likely not discourage drunk driving offenders. In addition, the DUI attorney argues such an approach would have a negative impact on relations with the community, the police department and city officials.” Though the idea was struck down in a 4-to-3 vote, the debate is not over. The Huntington Beach Independent says one councilman is still considering Facebook’s potential. “Councilman Don Hansen wasn't ready to shut the door on the potential of Facebook. He said if the city is fine with posting the picture of a sexual predator or a burglar, it should be comfortable with posting the pictures of someone who poses a threat to innocent lives.” So, was the city council right to reject this idea? Could it have had an impact on offenders’ habits? Get more multisource US video news analysis from Newsy.
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