Why newspaper ran photo of uncovered murder victim

The Connecticut Post ran this photo of a murder victim “only after considerable thought and discussion,” writes Hearst Connecticut editorial director David McCumber.

For some reason, police left the body on the Bond Street sidewalk, uncovered, for several hours after it was reported around 4 a.m. The photographer and many other children were forced to walk past it on the way to school.

While publishing this photo may make some people uncomfortable, it is an undeniably powerful representation of the spate of tragedy the city is enduring. Ultimately, what’s unacceptably uncomfortable is schoolchildren having to walk past homicide victims.

One blogger asks: “Isn’t running the photo a no brainer?”

* Editor’s note: Why we published this photo