Should videos made by police of suspects in custody be open to the public?
Should names of people arrested be put in the local paper?
I was thinking about this when I saw on FOX a guy in the back of a police car singing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The man was obviously not firing on all cylinders. I was amused but thinking what if this guy needs real help. Now he looks like a lunatic. And he is only a suspect at the time. This also goes to putting the names of people arrested in the news. You know, the daily police reports in your home newspaper. I live in a small town and when your name is in the paper everybody knows about. And so does his/her employer, friends, co-workers, and friends of their kids.
I am talking about arrest, not convictions.
By the time someone goes to trial or the police drop charges it is never in the newspaper to let folks know the guy did not do anything wrong.
This happens a lot where someone is arrested and charges dropped.
I am no liberal or softy. But it can cuase a lingering stigma for a family when the person arrested did nothing wrong.