When I watch real police chase videos, sometimes they block the criminals face and sometimes they don't. Why the difference?
- RickLv 64 weeks ago
They have to block a face IF that person has NOT been found guilty yet in Court, BUT not IF he HAS been found guilty.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
It depends on the State. Any/all footage can be aired without consent if there is no identifying info provided.
Some States consider the footage - the same with any surveillance footage - to be public record. Others do not.
There have been MANY lawsuits about this in MY State and there is case law on each side.
- u_bin_calledLv 74 weeks ago
If the video is being shown on a news program and the driver's case is still in court, editors may choose to "anonymize" the content to avoid impacting the case and any liability issues should that driver be acquitted.
Editorial standards for entertainment programs like "COPS" vary. Much of the footage they use is months or even years past the driver's trial. Some editors may believe that the driver has "done his time" and doesn't need further exposure or embarrassment. Other editors, however, have the attitude that the footage is "public record" and should thus be shown unedited.