Sacramento, CA – Law enforcement officers in California can no longer legally publish mugshots online showing suspects arrested for allegedly committing so-called “nonviolent” crimes.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on AB 1475 on July 23, thereby forbidding police from posting the mugshots, Insider reported.
The legislation was the brainchild of California Assembly Member Evan Low (D-San Jose), who claimed that releasing such images for those accused of “nonviolent” offenses results in “unconscious bias,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Low said police needed to be forced to stop releasing the images because of “the assumption of guilt” that accompanies seeing mugshots online.
“There’s a reason for this [bill],” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “To really tackle the unconscious bias.”Low further claimed that police have been known to post mugshots just to pick on people.“In recent years, many departments have used their social media accounts to shame suspects arrested by officers, posting […]
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