CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – House lawmakers approved a bill this week that prevents police from sharing photos of crime victims.
State Representative Joe Wagner says other states have passed similar legislation but after the controversy in Chicopee, he felt it was time Massachusetts did the same.
Wagner filed the bill in response to the 2011 incident involving two Chicopee police officers who took photos of murder victim Amanda Plasse on their personal cell phones.
The officers then showed the photos to members of the public. Wagner says he doesn’t think the officers intended to hurt anyone. “That doesn’t alleviate the fact however that it can be a problem and it certainly cause the family pain,” said Wagner.
The bill now heads to the Senate before the Governor can sign it. The bill would make the offense punishable by up to a year in jail or a 2-thousand dollar fine.