Cops suggest laws against posting of graphic images
GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE to look at legislation dealing with the posting of pictures from accidents and crime scenes on the Internet.
Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin made the suggestion after the Royal?Barbados Police Force received numerous calls about the posting of pictures of the deceased in last weekend’s accident at Ruby, St Philip which claimed two lives.
Within minutes, graphic images were posted on BlackBerry (BB)?Messenger and the Internet showing the bodies of victims 31-year-old Jason Burke and Keisha Mason, 29.
Describing it as morally reprehensible, Dottin said investigators were “looking closely at the incident to see what we can learn from it and identify who was responsible for posting the
“We would like the next of kin to identify their loved ones in a proper way and to see those graphic images is really not morally right,” he said.
The sister of one of the accident victims spoke of unbearable pain and shock when she saw the body on BB?Messenger.
The police chief said checks were being made to find out if any existing laws could deal with the prosecution of those responsible.
Last week, police appealed to Barbadians to be caring and sensitive to the posting of images of the deceased on social network sites. (TS