I actually do read the police briefs. I am opposed to printing such information on suspicion. Until someone is proven guilty, there should be no reason to assume guilt, and no reason to imply it, in print, without someone’s permission, or perhaps against their will.
It is freedom of speech to be able to express information about a situation that may be of general interest. If the person is not guilty, it will come out in court. I have no problem with the publishing of police briefs; actually, some of them are pretty humorous. I sometimes read them if the headline catches my eye. Incidents of theft, particularly, are of interest to me, because it can happen to anybody on the Island. DUI, murder, there is nothing you can do about it. But theft concerns me. I wouldn’t want it to happen to me.
It should be private until they have all the facts. Otherwise, it can make someone look worse than they would if all the information were reported accurately and completely. It could be humiliating for someone, even if it is based on false information. If a person is guilty of a crime, then write an article about it. Put it on the front page, but wait until the person has been proven guilty. Anything else is not right.