The Denver Post has ordered police to stop using their photo to help catch a suspect from the flag desecration event at the Aurora ICE facility.
There was a time when newspapers would have considered sharing as a public service.
But newspapers today would probably get a Pulitzer Prize nomination for doing this:
After receiving a cease & desist letter from @denverpost about the picture of the man with the US flag, we must delete the above tweet. We still need public’s assistance in identifying these individuals. Please see new tweet coming shortly. pic.twitter.com/WZ9MQx2FsI
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) July 17, 2019
At the very least, the Denver Post could have used the photo on the front of their own publication so the public didn’t have to pay for it.
But no, you have to click on the story.
So if you want to help catch a criminal, you’ll have to use one of your free clicks or buy their subscription to identify one of police’s suspects.
Some might question whether the Denver Post is on the side of thugs in this case.
Ironically, when police refuse to share information with newspapers, editors demand lawsuits.