09/28/11 264 W - + 5 - 3 Law and Order and Cameras and Records


Two news stories caught my eye this morning. First is a New York Times article about camera-toting bounty hunters. Seems there's growing business in South Korea for people willing to take pictures of lawbreakers. Catch people breaking the law and the government will pay, both small money ($5 for cigarette tossing) to big money ($850 for unlicensed livestock selling).

Now there's paparazzi with a purpose! Enough people are pursuing the new trade that even schools on the subject are popping up. Or is that paparopping up? The article makes reference to cost savings on hiring law enforcement officers as well. Wonder what the hard numbers look like, across indicators there? The story also talks about the obvious ethical questions involved.

And the E word returns us to Raleigh, or at least Wake Forest. That was the scene yesterday of a house fire, with one patient transported to the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals. WRAL reported the story. In a version of the story posted earlier today-- but since updated with different text-- they noted that authorities had not released the victim's name. They then added the purported victim's name, as found using county real estate records.

At least one reader has questioned the latter, in the comments section of the story. And that's a perspective that readers have shared in prior stories, as memory serves. What's the best behavior here? How do readers feel, about both releasing/withholding the names of victims and the gathering of public information about those involved in incidents? Your thoughts, please...





Here in Raleigh, our TV news has policies re: suicides, crime victim’s ID, etc. If I recall that story correctly; they reported the registered owner of the property. It seems like a technicality. But I can’t see what public service is being performed by disclosing that information.
scott warner - 09/29/11 - 19:49



  
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