Immediate Removal of Accused Person's Photograph from News Story

Euirim Choi and Peter Grieve, Editors-in-Chief at The Chicago Maroon

An incident unfolded on the University of Chicago's campus today (February 11, 2019) involving several young men, CPD, and UCPD. The Chicago Maroon reported on this incident and in their story posted a photo of one of the accused men being apprehended by a CPD officer. The publication of this photo is gratuitous, unprofessional, and deeply problematic.  

Petition by
Sophia Sarantakos
Chicago, Illinois

To: Euirim Choi and Peter Grieve, Editors-in-Chief at The Chicago Maroon
From: [Your Name]

The photo used in your news story of the accused young man being apprehended by a CPD officer during the February 11th incident needs to be taken down immediately. This photograph never should have been published. It is gratuitous, unprofessional, and deeply problematic.

As many University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, and residents of Hyde Park have pointed out, the publication of such a photo can cause incredible harm to the accused individual and their loved ones. It has the potential to infringe upon their right to a fair and unbiased criminal-legal process and negates the presumption of innocence.

It also cannot go unmentioned that the young man in the photograph is Black and the publication of this image perpetuates the Myth of Black Criminality and the racist, distorted view of Black youth as less innocent, more adult-like and dangerous than their White peers. Furthermore, if the young man in the photograph is under 18, their records of arrest and court processes are automatically sealed. Illinois law recognizes that children grow and change, and as a result, provides special protections to prevent collateral consequences from youthful arrests. This photo undermines those protections.

We demand that the photo of this young man be taken down immediately.