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Police blotter has run its course

In a recent edition of the Gazette, there was over half a page of Police Blotter entries where, as always, the names of the persons involved were listed. In high school civics we were taught a person was innocent until proven guilty. But if your name appears in the local newspaper’s police report, to everyone who reads it, you’re guilty.

Whether the blotter is public information is controversial but many newspapers publish police reports without including the names. I don’t see where the name of a charged but not convicted person is newsworthy. As we know the police don't always get it right.

It is an invasion of privacy that infringes on the rights of citizens for a fair hearing. The Gazette should discontinue the practice.

William Bryant

Williamsburg

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