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Victims' families fight for crime scene photos to be held
CONNECTICUT (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Family members of the 26 killed in the Sandy Hook massacre are urging Connecticut state lawmakers to keep those crime scene photos from being posted online.
The legislation would also keep 911 recordings and other information linked to that mass shooting from being released to the public.
Advocates for public records laws say that withholding the shooting records from the public would be another blow to government transparency.
But family members of the victims say it would serve no useful purpose.
"I am still coming to terms with that, there is nothing Jeremy or I could have done to protect our precious daughter on that awful day. I'm here now because as a mother I still have a duty to protect her," said Jennifer Hensel.
"Releasing the photos of murdered teachers and children will in no way help us learn or prevent another tragedy. Instead, if these are released to the public, the only person who will learn from them is the next Adam Lanza," said Gilless Rousseau.
Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists oppose the bill, calling it another effort by government officials nationwide to erode freedom of information laws.