The arrest of fugitive Danilo Cavalcante took a startling turn that provoked debates across the country in a dramatic end to a nearly two-week-long manhunt.
On Wednesday morning, after successfully capturing the convicted murderer, law enforcement agents captured the occasion with an unexpected group photograph.
The image, taken from overhead video by CNN affiliate KYW, shows Cavalcante bound in handcuffs and surrounded by a group of armed police officers.
A.22-caliber weapon in hand, one cop crouched down as K-9 teams that had been involved in the search also entered the picture. An officer was in the middle of everything, holding out a phone to take the picture.
Hunt for Cavalcante Unearths Controversial Photo: A Trophy or a Triumph?
The search for Cavalcante, who escaped from a jail in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on August 31, led to the discovery of this image.
Approximately 500 law enforcement agents from the Pennsylvania State Police, ATF, FBI, and US Marshals searched a steep, rough area about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia during the manhunt.
Critics refer to the commemoration image as a trophy photo.
The image has sparked debate while some may view it as a reminder of a notable law enforcement accomplishment. Charles Ramsey, a former police commissioner for Philadelphia, has called it a trophy photo and said it might not be the most professional tactic.
Andrew McCabe, a former FBI director, recognized the criticism but pointed out that, in the overall scheme of the operation, the photo was a minor component compared to the enormous success of apprehending the fugitive.
Fugitive Gets Stripped Naked During Capture
A different incident from Cavalcante’s grab garnered notice in addition to the contentious photograph.
Cavalcante’s sweatshirt was removed by officers before being put into an armored van, exposing a sizable tattoo on his back.
They then stripped him down to his underpants while taking pictures of his physique. The goal of this technique, according to Bivens, is to protect the officers’ safety while also identifying any tattoos or markings that might be relevant to the case.
It also gives evidence of the fugitive’s health and any injuries he might have received while evading capture.
There will definitely continue to be disagreements on the meaning of that iconic photo taken of Danilo Cavalcante after his arrest.