President Barack Obama's decision not to release photos of Osama bin Laden's body is drawing mixed reactions from New Yorkers and tourists alike. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Whether they agreed with the president's decision not to release photos of Osama bin Laden or not, New Yorkers weren't the only ones sounding off about the issue in Times Square Wednesday night.
"I personally didn't want to see them because I just don't want to see dead bodies," said one city resident.
"Many people want to see the pictures and all to feel better or to check the truth but there is actually no real need for that," said one tourist from Chile.
Farther downtown in Chelsea, some people say they believe the photos would offer evidence of bin Laden's death during the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan.
"They already hate us, so I say why not? Show it," said one passerby.
"Basically, it should be on the Internet so if somebody wants to look at it, they can," said another.
President Obama says releasing the photos could lead to violent reactions around the world and is not worth the risk to American troops overseas. It's something Senator Charles Schumer agrees with.
"It might create martyrdom or gloating or whatever. Closed question -- and my view is deferral to the President, and to the military and civilians advisers who came to this decision, after thinking a lot about it.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president believes DNA and facial analysis provides enough proof that bin Laden is dead. But some people aren't so sure, and say the conspiracy theories are sure to live on.