Who just got arrested?

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With the internet, we have more information available at our fingertips than ever before in the history of the world. Some of that is educational, some of it is thought-provoking, and some is entertaining. This week I’ll let you in on a website that is all three.

Here in the Tampa Bay area, there is a website that publishes all of the mugshots of people that have been arrested within the last 24 hours, along with their personal information and what they were charged with. You can see it at mugshots.tampabay.com. My son pointed it out to me a little while ago. I must say, it can get rather addicting.

Some observations:

– These people have not been convicted, just arrested. But you know many of them are career criminals.

– Most of them look pretty “hardened”, which is what happens when you live outside the law much of the time.

– When you come across one that looks like a “normal” person, like someone who would be standing in line next to you at the grocery store, the charge is usually DUI. They are not necessarily a habitual criminal (so they don’t look like one), they were just stupid enough to drink and drive.

– I look at these faces and just wonder, what is the story behind that picture? What is their life really like? When a 72 year old guy gets arrested for battery/domestic violence, where did his life get so off track? And when I see the 17 year old that got arrested for carjacking, I have to wonder what is in store for him for the rest of his life.

These are some people that lead lives that are very different from yours and mine. Sometimes it’s interesting to just look at them and see who they are. Most major cities publish this information online. And you never know – someday you might see someone you know!

This week’s video is about the most spoiled girl in the world. And the most ignorant parents in the world. Coincidentally, they are all in the same family.

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August 3rd, 2009

Whatever happened to the principle "innocent until proven guilty"? What an invasion of privacy! It might be thought-provoking, but it's neither educational nor entertaining. And most cities do this, you say? Man, I'm glad I don't live in the US.