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Public To Be Scrutinised For Social Media Posting Of Davuilevu Accident

A directive has been issued to the Divisional Police Commander East to look into the conduct of certain members of the public at a fatal accident scene in Davuilevu this
08 Feb 2018 13:00
Public To Be Scrutinised For Social Media Posting Of Davuilevu Accident
The accident scene at Davuilevu this morning. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu

A directive has been issued to the Divisional Police Commander East to look into the conduct of certain members of the public at a fatal accident scene in Davuilevu this morning.

A statement from Police said the manner in which some have displayed the insatiable need to take photos of the victim even to the extent of posing with the victim’s severed limbs is shameful and disrespectful.

Chief of Intelligence & Investigations ACP Biu Matavou said members of the public are reminded that once police have cordoned off a scene of the crime it becomes an immediate breach of the law for anyone who enters the restricted area and tries to interfere with the investigation process.

“We have also received photos whereby a person is holding up what is supposedly the decapitated limb of the victim and as the Police had already cordoned off the scene their actions, therefore, becomes illegal.

“Not only is it illegal but is a major health concern.”

ACP Matavou said there were a number of hazards in disturbing a scene of a crime which is first and foremost unethical but the handling of the victim’s decapitated limbs is a biohazard as one is exposing themselves to potential harmful diseases.

“We understand that there will be certain accident cases whereby first aid can be administered or assistance given before the arrival of emergency services which we will not discourage.

“However the actions of those who have posted on social media and posed with the decapitated limbs is truly shameful.

“The use of social media to post and share such graphic photos of accident victims has spiralled out of control with little to no consideration and respect for the victim and their families, and this must stop.”

 

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