Lego halts California police department from using toy heads to protect suspect identities

A California police department says it will stop using Lego heads to block the identities of suspects featured in its photos after the toy company complained.

The Murrieta Police Department had been editing photos to comply with a state law that forbids law enforcement from sharing photos of suspects for nonviolent crimes. However, Lt. Jeremy Durrant told the Washington Examiner that the Lego Group had contacted them, and requested to stop editing Lego heads onto the photos.

The department explained in a social media post that it was complying with Assembly Bill 994 and Penal Code 13665. Beyond preventing law enforcement agencies from sharing photos of suspects, these agencies are also required to remove mug shots from social media after 14 days, unless special circumstances provide an exception.

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