Sheriffs: We will continue to release arrest photos

April 08, 2019 07:07 PM

QUEENSBURY - It was a case that horrified the region. An adorable 8-year-old girl was killed when an impaired boater ran over the top of the boat she was in with her family in 2016.

Charlotte McCue's still-grieving grandparents, Robert and Christine Knarr, say they feel re-victimized lately with changes and expected changes in state laws.

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The Knarrs say legalizing marijuana is a horrible idea.

Alex West had the chemical found in pot in his blood when tests were done after the crash he caused.

The Knarrs are also upset about the state's prohibition of releasing mugshots.

"Bugs the heck out of me. Why do want to? Oh, because he has rights," said Robert Knarr. "Those are more rights. Protect his privacy, it's like a HIPPA thing. What are we thinking?"

The Knarrs were part of a ceremony Monday honoring victims of crime. They were joined by the family of a Glens Falls mother, Crystal Riley and daughter, Lilly Frasier, who were both murdered.

The sheriffs in the room Monday say the state is heading in the wrong direction by not allowing troopers to release mugshots, but they say they'll keep doing it.

Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo says he won't change his policy. "I'm going to do business as usual and we'll be releasing the mugshots. Again, it's about being transparent."

The state has said not releasing arrest photos will prevent unscrupulous websites from charging people to remove the photos.

"Go after the websites," said Warren County Sheriff Bud York. "How about legislating Facebook, how about legislating bloggers who say and do whatever they want."

The Knarrs say withholding a mugshot because it might invade a criminal's privacy is another way a defendant has more rights than a victim.

"I wouldn't wish this on anyone," Robert Knarr said. "But I'm sure if the governor was sitting at this table because he was a victim, he'd have a different perspective."

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy plans to continue releasing arrest photos. "We're going to continue our policy, which is a policy of transparency and a policy of letting the public know what we're doing and in cases where we make an arrest, we're going to release the mugshot."

As for Albany County, Sheriff Craig Apple tells NewsChannel 13's Kumi Tucker that he wants to take a look at the law before he makes changes to his current mugshot policy.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino says via a post on Facebook, "The public has an absolute right to see the photos of those arrested."


Mark Mulholland

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