In response to a letter from the ACLU of Colorado, the weld county daily arrest Sheriff’s Office put a disclaimer on its online arrest report website, assuring that no visitor would assume the report contained anyone who had been convicted of a crime. The names and criminal charges of daily arrestees in weld county daily arrest are listed in the online arrest report. Prior to the ACLU of Colorado’s letter, there was no information or disclaimer on the website about the nature of the arrest report.
The ACLU of California received a complaint saying that an employer had dismissed his employee after seeing the online arrest report, assuming the individual had been guilty of the charges indicated on the arrest report. But, shortly after the employee’s arrest, the county prosecutor declined to even file charges for the offences for which he was detained. In response to the concerns raised by the ACLU of Colorado, the weld county daily arrest Sheriff’s Office posted the following disclaimer on its website:
The arrest records provided on this website are public record. Any indication of the an arrest does not imply that the person named has been convicted of a crime. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless they are found guilty by a court of law.
“This small but significant adjustment serves to lessen the risk of prejudicing any arrestee’s case or misinforming the public,” said ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney Taylor Pendergrass. While a daily arrest record may be relevant public info, law enforcement organisations must use caution when providing such information.