As technology has made photography more immediate, self-image has become an increasingly sensitive subject.
We take selfies nonstop in order to perfect how we’re seen.
We can, though, take this self-reverence too far. I worry, for example, whether Donald “Chip” Pugh might have second thoughts about sending a selfie to the Lima Police Department in Ohio.
Pugh, 45, is wanted on charges of failure to appear in court and is a person of interest in several other cases involving arson and vandalism.
Lima police posted an image of him to its Facebook page. It seems, though, that Pugh found this image unflattering. So, police say, he sent police a selfie, together with the words: “Here is a better photo that one is horrible.”
Police posted his apparent selfie to Facebook too. They accompanied it with the words: “This photo was sent to us by Mr. Pugh himself. We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges.”
One image police originally posted shows Pugh with a slightly silly, forced smile. Another added later is a more standard mugshot. However, the shot he sent in shows him in a car, his jacket and shades reflective of a man of some standing.
The Lima Police Department didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment, including an inquiry about how exactly the selfie was sent to police.
However, Lt. Andy Green told YourNewsNow: “He’s drawing more attention to himself, which is going to make it easier for us to locate him because the more attention that this post garners, the more people are going to see it and the more tips are going to come in.”
Taunting the police rarely has excellent consequences. Just one example of this came when a fugitive in the UK wrote a “catch me if you can” message on the police’s Facebook page. They did.
Still, a man said to be Pugh called into local radio station 104.9 FM and explained his original smiley mugshot. He said that, having been detained on another charge, he knew he was innocent. He also claimed to be sitting in a bunker with infamous drug lord, El Chapo Guzman.
He added that police had been arrogant with him, so he decided to be arrogant with them.
Of the picture the police first posted, he said: “Man, they just did me wrong. They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something.”
Now that is, indeed, a crime.