This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Seattle police think a red-light camera might have helped catch whoever killed 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook in a drive-by shooting last spring. They figured someone who has that much disregard for human life might also disregard traffic lights, and the camera might have captured a license plate number.
But state law prohibits access to those cameras for anything other than issuing a traffic citation, so Westbrook’s killer is still at large.
That should change. Society’s interest in identifying killers far outweighs protecting the privacy of a red-light runner’s license plate number – on a public street at that.
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