Police release camera footage of suspects wanted for racist attack on 15-year-old boy with blurred faces to protect THEIR privacy
- Derbyshire police are chasing two men and two women after an attack on June 29
- Force published camera footage of suspects, but clouded their faces with white spots
- Police defended a decision claiming images should be “anonymized due to age”
A police force has been ridiculed for releasing camera footage of suspects wanted for a racist attack on a 15-year-old boy with a blurred face to protect their identity.
Derbyshire police hunt two men and two women after a teenager was chased by the gang in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire and thrown to the ground before being kicked and beaten.
Police provided camera footage of the suspects after the June 29 attack, but deliberately blurred their faces with white spots.
Two of the suspects, in the photo, captured on CCTV with their faces intentionally blurred by Derbyshire police with white spots after the June 29 attack
The warning, posted on Facebook, was derided by users who suggested the call “looks like every other day in JD Sports.”
A social media user said, “How ridiculous … does anyone recognize them … how can we if we can’t see them !!
“Shouldn’t we take care of the victim, not the criminals!”
Another wrote, “Grow some Derbyshire Constabulary if you are going to use FB, use it well, otherwise it will look like any other day in JD Sports.”
A third posted, “Are you serious ??? If they are old enough to commit crime, they are old enough to bear the consequences of being identified on appeal. Grow a back Derbyshire Constabulary.
“Indulge in the violet society that protects criminals more than victims.”
Two of the suspects in the blurry images. Police hunt two men and two women after a teenager was chased and attacked by the gang in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire
The Facebook post of the Derbyshire police, which has since claimed that the images had to be ‘anonymized due to their age’
Police defended the decision to blur the suspects’ faces, claiming that the images had to be “anonymized because of their age.”
A police spokesman said: “A 15-year-old boy was chased from the cooperative to the Morrisons, where he was thrown to the ground, kicked and punched in the head and body, and racially abused on Monday, June 29 between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM.
“Officers want to speak to the people depicted about the crime.
The images are anonymized due to the age of the people depicted, but their clothing is distinctive and likely recognized by everyone who knows them.
“If you recognize the people depicted or witnessed the incident, please contact the Derbyshire Police Service.”