The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is still shrouded in secrecy. However, maybe the veil will soon come off. The state of Connecticut has decided that a prosecutor should go ahead and release a crime report this upcoming week on the investigation into the Sandy Hook massacre. But even so, the general public will still have to wait for Connecticut State Police to give a full account of the crime.
The choice behind the reasoning to remain silent about the majority of evidence is causing newer criticism around the secrecy which has surrounded the case since Adam Lanza, age 20, allegedly murdered 20 students and six educators inside the elementary school on Dec. 14, 2012.
Lanza also turned the gun on himself, so investigators are not planning on any prosecutions. However, the lead investigator in the case has gone to court to contest any release of the 911 tapes, met with the victims’ families in private and keeps resisting calls from the governor of Connecticut to reveal any more information faster. People are tired of the secrecy that has surrounded the Sandy Hook shooting and want it to be unveiled
The authorities blame the size of the investigation. It could be the most widespread in all of Connecticut’s history, and also they say they are trying to take the victims’ families in consideration. Some of them have petitioned for tighter boundaries on what information is available to the public.
Adam Lanza supposedly murdered his mother inside their home in Newtown, Connecticut before he drove to Sandy Hook and killed 26 people with a semi-automatic weapon. He took his own life with a handgun when the police began showing up at the scene.
At the present time, investigators have only released such items such as search warrants. These listed a range of weapons which were discovered in the Lanza household. Data that has never been shared with the general public includes how long it took for police to respond to the school, if there were any mental health problems recorded on Lanza and if police ever found a motive for Lanza to commit this heinous crime.
Keeping the 911 recordings private, where they are usually released in most cases, has been the cause of a legal battle. A hearing has been set in New Britain, Connecticut Superior Court to decide whether a judge will be able to listen to the recordings as an appeal is considered.
One argument that has been raised in this case is if it identifies 911 callers, these people might start to be harassed by conspiracy theorists who think that they are “crisis actors.”
An attorney, who represents over 20 of the Sandy Hook victims’ families, explained that some families are still getting harassing telephone calls from conspiracy theorists. These people range from thinking Adam Lanza was not the killer all the way to saying the entire Sandy Hook crime scene was a set-up and no one was ever killed.
Connecticut passed a law in 2013 that was because of the killings. It stated that there should be exceptions to the freedom-of-information law in the case of releasing video, film, photographs and any other type image which shows a murder victim if the records establish unnecessary privacy invasion on the victim’s family.
The provision also produced a suspension in the law which lasts one year on any release of particular portions of audiotape or other type recordings where the condition of a murder victim is describes. However, that law does not include 911 tapes.
But until most things are revealed to the public, the Sandy Hook shroud will remain. Hopefully the Sandy Hook shooting secrecy can soon be unveiled.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Daily Journal
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