Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewelyn, is explaining the need for citizens to come forward and authenticate images they may have taken of crimes being committed.
Her comments come after a photo showing a bus operator using a pedestrian crossing to make an illegal turn, went viral of social media yesterday.
The police had urged the person who took the photo to come forward and give a statement, but the appeal was ridiculed by many members of the public, who questioned why that was necessary.
DPP Llewelyn says authenticating video or photo evidence is important in any criminal case.
She warns that the police can’t simply use images taken from social media as part of their evidence, because people may post things online maliciously.
While she’s applauding citizens who capture wreckless or criminal acts on camera, she says they may often need to take it a step further.
However, Ms. Llewelyn says even without authentication, video evidence is still useful in encouraging persons to plead guilty, as well as for intelligence gathering for the police.
She was speaking with Kalilah Reynolds and Patria Kaye Aarons on Nationwide This Morning.