Trusting police: Culture needs investigation, too Mar 7, 2013 3:42:13 GMT -5
Post by Police Moderator on Mar 7, 2013 3:42:13 GMT -5
Trusting police: Culture needs investigation, too
Judging from headlines, trusting police and law enforcement authorities seems to be getting harder and harder.
Two Chattanooga officers brutally beat a man as video rolls and more than a dozen officers walk past never attempting to contain the violence.
In Catoosa County, Ga., a FBI agent suspected of drinking and driving and who likes to showcase himself surrounded by civilian women who "help him" with his work on a sex crime task force, has compromised the work of that task force.
In Trion, Ga., Hays State Prison officials for months on end turned a blind eye to malfunctioning cell locks. Last week, the public learned that in January alone, searches turned up 192 weapons -- some nearly the size of machetes, along with 137 cell phones and 56 drug items.
Read more: times free press
48892 people booked at just the Hamilton County Jail in the last 18 months, not including those booked in facilities in the Northwest Georgia. Not including the 1,000+ people incarcerated in prisons in the readership area of the TFP.
2,000+ LEOs, 80+ FBI Agents, 2,500+ Correctional Officers in the readership area of the TFP.
The editors at the Times Free Press create, to sell papers and bandwidth, an atmosphere of overwhelming distrust of 'the police' based on two rogue CPD Officers (Who were terminated by 'the police' after being investigated by 'the police' and who were brought before a Grand Jury by 'the police'.) (And who'll, I predict, be Federally indicted within the next few months for 1983 violations, by 'the police.')
The editors at the Times Free Press create an atmosphere of overwhelming distrust of 'the police' based on one rogue FBI Agent (Who is suspended by 'the police' while being investigated by 'the police'.)
I'll give the TFP credit for exposing overwhelming incompetence, resulting in murders of people entrusted to the Georgia DOC at the Hays State Prison.
So lets talk about 'trust'. Curiously, the editors at the TFP failed to mention the public's documented general distrust of another American institution....
Poll finds high level of distrust in the media. Anybody surprised?
A new Gallup survey finds most Americans have little or no trust in the media, especially Republicans and independents. Is this a dangerous trend in a democracy reliant on public information?
By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / September 23, 2012
“Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly,” Gallup reported Friday. “Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.”
That’s a far cry from the 1970s, when Gallup asked the question three times and found trust in the media as high as 72 percent.
Read more: cs monitor
So, the High Sheriff comments on fear expressed to him by the public via his role as the High Sheriff, the TFP publishes it, with a misleading headline, front page, above the fold, and the TFP editors have the audacity to accuse the Sheriff of 'fanning' the flames?
"But the public cannot and should not understand when the authorities act the same way."
The TFP takes a few (Excepting the Hays State Prison debacle) isolated incidents (Based on the actual numbers) and generalizes, to it's ever decreasing readership, that all 'the authorities act the same way" as these scurrilous exceptions to the rule?
So while everyone is investigating everyone, let's look, too, at police culture.
The thin blue line is not without stain.
The thin blue line is not without stain.
And I'd proffer that the local press room, at the TFP, is not without their very own stains (From the barrels of ink they go through every day.)
Should we condemn an entire newspaper staff just because one idiotic reporter (Just following orders?) called the house of Sgt. Chapin's wife, within hours of his murder, to get her 'reaction?'
Should we condemn an entire newspaper staff just because one idiotic editor used a staining barrel of ink to condemn those who had the audacity to question that vile act? The TFP ran off the editor, but the reporter in question in this 'isolated incident' is still employed?
Should we condemn an entire newspaper staff just because they have an almost daily 'corrections' section?
Should we condemn an entire newspaper staff just because 50% of their local 'Breaking News Stories' are unverified, unchecked (and obviously un-spellchecked) verbatim cut and pastes of law enforcement press releases? The 'police culture' seems to be good enough for the TFP when it saves them time and money by doing their 'reporting' for them?
Should we condemn an entire newspaper staff just because a very few editors published a bald faced, demonstrable falsehood, in an editorial, that, 'more than a dozen officers walk past never attempting to contain the violence.' Is there a new Flores-edited video that I missed?
If 60% of the public distrusts the media, where is the demand for Civilian Review Boards for the media? Wait, nevermind, the Civilian Review Board for the TFP is their readership and their circulation. A readership which has been declining at an admittedly drastic rate, for several years, to the point that advertising rates and subscription costs are increasing at a similarly drastic rate?
I'd ask the TFP to examine it's own stained glass house before throwing stones, 'stains' and ink at local law enforcement, the vast majority of which perform without a daily 'correction' section.