(CMR) The RCIPS is urging the public and media entities not to share video footage and photos of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Sunday, resulting in the death of a father and his daughter.
Mark Blake (32) and his toddler daughter were killed shortly after 7:00 pm in a single-vehicle collision on West Church Street, West Bay, near the junction of Henning Lane.
The police said they received information that the video and photos taken of the scene are being shared on several social media platforms and via digital messaging services.
The police, who are working with the family of the deceased, ask that the public and media sources consider the impact that sharing this content has on the family and friends of the deceased and urge persons to immediately cease sharing the content.
While the images are shared locally, CMR understands that the main website sharing the photos is a Jamaican website, and not much can be done from Cayman.
“The RCIPS have been noticing a disturbing increase in the posting and sharing of inappropriate, offensive, and disturbing content across social media platforms,” said Ag. Superintendent Brad Ebanks.
“This culture of racing to see who can share the most shocking content first, demonstrates not only a lack of foresight, but a complete disregard for the substantial impact this has on families who are already dealing with immense suffering and often life altering circumstances. We are a small community, no one is naive enough to believe the content shared is not going to get back to the affected families. Stop and think before you post. In situations like these, one should be thinking of what you can do to help,” he added.
The police remind the public that if you have genuine information (including video footage or photos) that may help assist in an investigation, please submit it to the police via official channels. For options on how to submit a tip, visit: www.rcips.ky/submit-a-tip .