Posted by M., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm M. is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
If you truly are as pro law as your chosen name indicates than you would be aware, and support the idea that people are not guilty simply because they have been arrested, or accused of a crime. There is a reason we see the innocent until proven guilty disclaimer constantly, and that is to constantly remind people of the fact that an arrest or accusation does not equate to guilt.
The notion of printing people's names in police reports is a terrible idea. The accused, in this case person who has been arrested has their name and alleged crime plastered in a public forum, in this case the paper/web site, and now is associated with that crime regardless of innocence or not. This flies directly in the face of out justice system. There is a good reason we assume innocence until guilt is proven by a court of law, it protects the individual from faulty police work, simple human error, inaccurate witness descriptions, and the kangaroo court of public opinion to name a few.
Many people are arrested when they have done nothing wrong, and are later found innocent in court, or even before hand when the prosecutorial body of a particular jurisdiction decides to not pursue the case as it has no merit, or another suspect is located etc...
In the end this idea of "deterring crime" by calling anyone who is accused of a crime out publicly is just another example of a mindlessly punitive attitude towards other people and society as a whole.