Police Official: Ferguson Media Coverage Unbalanced, Focused on Protestors
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis County police official says there are two sides to every story – but both are not receiving equal treatment in news coverage.
Detective Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, tells KMOX’s Charlie Brennan that he wants people to see the whole picture in the Michael Brown case.
“Try to explain some things. Try to explain the images that you’re seeing online, or statements that are made by protestors or individuals – the talking heads on some of the larger news networks where they’re paying these people to be controversial,” Crocker says.
He says shouting, angry protestors have been receiving the lion’s share of media coverage in Ferguson, Mo.
“But what if I told you that that guy was throwing a Molotav cocktail five seconds before that picture was taken, or throwing a rock and injuring an officer?” he asks.
Crocker also believes talking about the “militarization of police” is prejudicial against the officers who are trying to enforce the peace in Ferguson.
He says local police have been so busy trying to keep the peace in North St. Louis County, they haven’t had a chance to tell their side of the story.
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