Vice squad’s posting of photos, names of people arrested for indecency, public lewdness, prostitution hits snag; postings to be resumed
A Dallas Police Department spokesman this week said the vice squad would immediately resume the posting of names and photos of suspects arrested in connection with minor sexual offenses.
Lt. Vernon Hale said the police department’s Web site featuring those photos and names had not been updated due to a technical problem. Police officials were unaware the information was not being posted until they were asked about it, he said.
“Someone must have hit the wrong key,” Hale said. “It’ll be working by the end of the day.”
The Web site had not been updated since the posting of suspects’ arrests for the June 1-15 period. The information is usually posted within two weeks after an arrest period ends.
The last group of suspects to be posted included the name and photo of a prominent gay political activist. The vice squad’s posting of his information led to widespread media coverage in Dallas of his arrest.
Some local lawyers contend the posting of names and photos of those arrested in connnection with minor sexual offenses is unreasonable. Officials defend the practice as a crime deterrent.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2007