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Stop posting pictures of arrested offenders on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Palo Alto Police Department posts pictures of suspects on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Although we appreciate the hard work and service of the PAPD, we would like to ask them to stop posting these pictures. Posting a picture of a citizen who has committed an offense does not create a safer environment in Palo Alto; it is a form of bullying. In lieu of the recent incident regarding the arrest of a Palo Alto student, these public postings have caused concerns as to the chronic psychological health effects for the suspect after they are returned to society. We also recognize that the PAPD is subject to the California Public Records Act. In short, this act states that “the people” have the right to see and review any relevant public records. As citizens, however, we did not ask for the beat-up faces of suspects to appear on our social media feeds. We follow the PAPD social media accounts because we are interested in the information they post regarding community events, alerts, and service. The Press Releases should be kept only on the PAPD website (, and off social media sites. We offer a compromising solution, however. The PAPD should continue to post Press Releases, but in the form of short, summarized posts. A link to the full Press Release in the post should be provided to those who want to learn more about the incident. This allows the PAPD to alert the community on incidents without posting distressing pictures, but still allowing for the interested to learn more. Please keep the photos off Facebook and Twitter!

    Link to PAPD Facebook Page: Facebook

Link to PAPD Twitter Page: Twitter

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