If you've been following the infuriating case of Brock Turner, the 20-year-old sentenced to just six months in jail for raping a 23-year-old woman, you've probably been seeing a yearbook photo of Turner smiling in every damn story.
If you're like me, this probably incensed you. Where's this convicted rapist's mugshot? I called the Stanford University police department three times to ask about the release of the mugshot, only to be told that they "[didn't] have any information" on the whereabouts of his official prison photo.
After much (well-deserved) outrage online, the Santa Clara County sheriff's department has finally released Turner's mug shot:
The Stanford Department of Public Safety and the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department "seemed to be volleying the responsibility for releasing the mug shot back and forth until around 4:30 p.m. today," which is when the photo was emailed to The Cut.
Still, the question on everyone's mind is: Why the hell did this take so long? A mug shot can damage a person's image, but why would that privilege be extended to a convicted rapist? Also, a person of color or a lower-middle class person be afforded the same delayed release?
Twitter had some thoughts: