One of the problems with public safety professionals (and even some medical professionals) and social media like Facebook is that the technology has enabled the widespread dissemination of gruesome images that victims’ families and others find offensive.
The bill, which passed the Mass. state legislature on July 24, is nicknamed Amanda’s Law, after a Chicopee woman who was murdered in 2011.
Amanda Plasse, 20, was stabbed to death in her kitchen.
An internal investigation revealed that police in Chicopee who were first on the scene took photos of the victim on their personal cell phones and then texted them to officers who were not at the scene or investigating the case.
The photos were also distributed to individuals outside the police department.
If the bill is signed by Governor Deval Patrick, police officers, firefighters and EMTs who violate the law could face a $2,000 fine and up to a year in prison.