Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., would like to see police mugshots banned because they are "unwanted invasion of personal privacy," The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Gov. Cuomo is reportedly pushing legislation that "prevents the sharing of mugshots that do not have a specific law enforcement need," because, as his aides claim, websites which post the mugshots are potentially extorting money from criminals in order to take them down, according to the Free Beacon.
Restricting the release of mugshots by law enforcement would not only violate New York's current Freedom of Information law, but it also could give police license to make secretive arrests because they would have "discretion on what gets released to the public," per the report.
"Barring the public release of arrest and related information is not only a step away from long-standing tradition; it's also a move toward corrupt law enforcement, to say nothing of Soviet-style secret arrest and prosecution," City Journal's Bob McManus wrote, the Free Beacon reported.
The stirring rebuke of Gov. Cuomo's seeking mugshot reform was written in a blog post by senior writer Elizabeth Harrington for the Free Beacon.