07/11/13 97 W, 1 I - + 2 - 1 Deploying For Privacy

Here's a screen capture from this WRAL story on Monday night, about a six-year old drowning victim in Raleigh. The responders deployed a sheet to prevent cameras from capturing images of the victim being loaded into the ambulance. Its a simple, effective, and professional method of providing privacy on scene. Works equally well using canvas traps, or even repositioned vehicles to shield sight lines. Public photography is absolutely legal, and this approach negates the need (or, if you prefer, the temptation) to confront camera operators.

I’m thinking it is great to see our first responders showing compassion for the victim, and victim’s family, in these situations. This sight should be more common. Maybe this practice should be SOP?
Tim B - 07/13/13 - 09:25

Have you seen the one that Durham PD uses to placed beside bodies on the ground? I have just noticed it on the news here recently. It looks like cloth affixed to PVC pipe made into some sort of a stand. It’s kind of like one of those metal pedestrian barricades except its cloth on PVC pipe. It looks very easy to make. It just sits on the ground around the body to keep it from plain view. Crime Scene Investigators frown upon placing a sheet over a body because it can destroy evidence. It also keeps people from standing around holding up sheets for long periods of time. For loading into an ambulance, of course people holding them works best.
Jason Thompson (Email) (Web Site) - 07/14/13 - 04:04

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