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Lawmakers vote to block release of Sandy Hook photos

The families of the Sandy Hood massacre victims fought to keep graphic crime scene photos and audio recordings from being released to the public.

Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Credit: Reuters Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Credit: Reuters

The families of the Sandy Hood massacre victims fought to keep graphic crime scene photos and audio recordings from being released to the public.

On Wednesday morning Connecticut lawmakers voted to keep the photos private. Lawmakers approved a bill that will block photos and videos investigators took at the elementary school crime scene.

Eight famlies of the victims of the massacre launched a Change.org campaign to push for this law.

“We are incredibly thankful for the immense outpouring of public support that our families have received from individuals and communities throughout the country, and especially in this endeavor, as we sought to help keep private the multitude of photos taken of the death scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Nicole Hockley, one of the parents who started the petition said in a statement. Hockley’s 6-year-old son Dylan died on December 14. “The support and encouragement of more than 100,000 people across the country helped to inspire us in our advocacy, and build momentum for our cause. And for that, all of our families and our community could not be more grateful.”

While photos and videos will remain private, the law will allow audio of the 911 calls to be released.

According to reports, it is expected that Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy will sign the bill Wednesday.

“We were able to take action and protect the privacy rights of parents and relatives who lost loved ones at that elementary school,” said Connecticut State Senate President Don Williams after the law was passed.

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant

 
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