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Good Question: Where are the mugshots?

Brennan Somers
Created: June 15, 2020 04:56 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police continue to make arrests following the violence that unfolded downtown after a protest more than two weeks ago.

We've seen pictures and videos of who they are looking for, but some of you asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers about what happens after those arrests.

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Here’s a question from Roslyn: Why isn't your media showing the faces of the 3 arrested for flipping cars and starting them on fire?

You have to remember that big debate in Albany, when lawmakers finally passed "The Mugshot Bill" in 2019. It bans law enforcement from releasing booking photos.

However, there's an important phrase, police and deputies can send out mugshots if, "the release of such photographs will serve a specific law enforcement purpose."

This covers cases of searching for a missing person or if they have photos of a wanted suspect from a previous investigation.

Law enforcement agencies also say the way the law is written leaves plenty of wiggle room. After getting legal advice, most in our area continue to release mugshots after an arrest.

However, Rochester Police and New York State Troopers do not.


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