Published: Friday, Jan. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Agreed.Although I am usually very pro-police, there seems to be an
extremely disturbing pattern emerging from West Valley. I can think of several
recent incidents in which there seemed to be something going on that
shouldn't be happening out there.
Takes time to get everyone in line when you are making sure they have the story
Let me just say that I, for one, am glad that my family and friends are not
located in and rarely pass through West Valley City.I am unimpressed
with WVC's ability to handle sensitive police matters. Their track record
over the past several years leaves many questions unanswered. Hopefully me and
mine never have to hope for their cooperation and information.Should
we need their help, I find little in how they have acted recently that convinces
me I could get a straight answer.
When does the grand jury meet?
I still believe that the police, as a whole are the good guys. Few journalists
or members of the public know the ins and outs of police investigative. However,
W.V.C. police should know that it is very poor public relations practice to fail
to reveal even basic information over three months. The conspiracy theories will
flow in such a case. It appears to be a cover up. If not a cover up it, appears
to be a serious disregard for citizen's right to know. There may even be an
underlying attitude of W.V.C. that lacks of accountability that could lead to
corruption if unchecked. The Deseret News editorial is very reputable, but
newspapers and the press have proven to to make mistakes. Overall, they have
lost the public trust. Right now I think the DN is just doing its job. If there
is not a very good explanation the WV police may take a big PR hit.(That is if
enough people are paying attention.)
Perhaps it's time for the state to initiate an outside, unbiased
investigation of both the shooting and the WVC police department's response
This editorial merely highlights the arrogance and narcissism of the
out-of-touch information business. Its business model demands that others do
their work for them, then quickly and cheerfully supply fourth estate reps with
bullets they know are quite likely to be fired back in their direction.And if a thorough, professional investigation gets in the way of the business
model, the modern, lazy press, rather than finding and reporting the facts,
engages in unsupported editorial ad hominem character assassination, to pressure
police to knuckle under to its business priorities.DN has exactly
the same access to those with knowledge of the facts as WV Police. But,
apparently, the concept of "investigative reporting" is unknown in these
This isn't the first time WVC police have had at least the appearance of
falling short of the mark. In the Susan Powell murder case, several times they
led the public into believing the case would be solved shortly, but it never
was. It's hard for me to imagine how a simple shooting by a police officer
could take so long to investigate.
The reminds me so much of Susan Powell. When will we replace the
department and their poor leadership?
When the police are not forthcoming with an investigation, it is the
responsibility of a free press to pursue the reasons. Your opinions on this
issue fulfill a First Amendment responsibility of a free press. Is it hypocrisy
when a free press fails to report, or form an opinion, when the Salt Lake Chief
of Police makes National news in support of Gun legislation to prevent gun
violence and save lives in America? Hacking at the branches of evil
when you are in full control of the roots is duplicity in its finest form.
Okay, now it's FOUR months since the incident, and still no answers. How
in the world can we now live in a society that tolerates this? Are we now at
war with our own governments, and the people we pay to supposedly "protect
and serve?" This is amazing.
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