Sep 282010
 
 September 28, 2010  Breaches, Court, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

Police breached the privacy of a 14-year-old boy by publishing his photograph as part of their investigation into street violence in Derry, the High Court heard today.

Lawyers for the teenager claimed his image appeared in newspapers and leaflets in a flawed and irrational “naming and shaming” tactic.

The family of the boy, who cannot be identified, is seeking to judicially review the PSNI over its use of Operation Exposure.

The initiative involved the publication of photos of those suspected of involvement in interface [sic] crime and sectarian clashes in the city.

Ronan Lavery, appearing for the teenager, challenged both the decision to publish and the lawfulness of the operation.

Read more in the Derry Journal.

Naming and depicting teens who have (yet) been charged with anything, much less convicted?  That doesn’t sound right to me.

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