Monday 22 May 2017

Why a video is worth a thousand words in exposing face of crime

Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin on Tuesday
Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin on Tuesday
Editorial

Editorial

We know how much easier it is to denounce crime than to prevent it. The Government and the Garda Commissioner have been talking a good game and their intent may be genuine, but the disparity between word and deed has been delineated in the most lurid way in recent days.

The cold, graphic video of the murder of Gareth Hutch, captured so chillingly on CCTV, has the capacity to be a defining moment in putting an end to the savagery that has been unleashed on our streets - if there is the will to make it so.

Politicians yesterday criticised the circulation of the savage footage by media outlets. In this organisation's case, the Irish Independent published photos of the hooded assassins sneaking up on their victim, Gareth Hutch, in broad daylight. Independent.ie also showed this footage, obviously editing out the moments when the murderers fired their shots.

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