How Connecticut Post cropped photo of murder victim

A 14-year-old boy was gunned down in Bridgeport last weekend while walking home from a party. The Hearst-owned Connecticut Post used a cropped image of the boy standing in front of a backdrop of $100 bills and giving the photographer the finger. (A reader sent me the unedited image.) I asked Post editor Tom Baden and photo editor Cathy Zuraw about the cropped image, and I invite readers to share their stories of trying to track down publishable photos of crime victims. || Here is the Post’s story and photo.

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  1. Not sure I care that the photo was cropped. If I get shot, I hope someone has the decency not to use a photo of me flipping the bird to someone, or sucking on a beer, or scratching myself or doing any of the many things that, after death, would make anyone look like a jerk who deserved to die. He was 14.

  2. Passing Shot said:

    @Nick —

    Agreed.

  3. Kate said:

    Also agreed. Nobody expects to be a crime victim and have their Facebook mined for photos. If what you’re cropping isn’t relevant to the manner of death or what happened, I don’t think this is an issue. If you were cropping out guns of a suspected shooter or the wine glass of a drunk driver this would be a different conversation altogether, though.

  4. Lori said:

    Also agreed. My sons and their buddies – like countless others – have taken pictures of each other shooting birds and trying in other ways to look tough. They are good kids and the victim probably was too.

  5. The boy flipping off a photographer is a relevant detail to his personality and likely view of how to communicate. they should have published the full photo. Having worked for these Hearst CT Newspaper editors 1) They need to learn it’s ok to show the real story
    2) I don’t belive they got the photo cropped and am pretty sure they made they edit choice on their own.

    As of 2010 this was a group of editors that still thought if you put the news online you can risk being more offensive than putting it in print. They likely still don’t understand online news reaches EVERYONE.