“This video goes well beyond its shock value. The public has a need to know that police are acting within the law and this video draws that truth into question. Journalists are in the truth-telling business. Sometimes the truth is hard to watch. But the public has to be able to trust that when police make mistakes, journalists will hold them accountable, just as when the police shoot a suspect out of legitimate fear for their safety, journalists will report that fairly and aggressively, too.”
—Al Tompkins, “Graphic New York Times video seems justified,” The Poynter Institute, April 8, 2015
• Editorial Comment: Too graphic? Damn right, when a cop shoots a man in the back as he runs away. This is what the watchdog is supposed to do: Bark his damn fool head off when he sees bad things happening.
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