Miami Beach officials say they are still investigating why an officer snatched a video camera from a television news reporter and locked it in the back of his trunk in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting on Memorial Day.
In other words, they are laying low about this issue until it is forgotten.
Thankfully, Miami blogger (and occasional PINAC nemesis) Random Pixels is making an issue about it by posting screenshot images of the face and license plate of the cop who confiscated a camera from Local 10 videographer Jason Ely.
The incident was discussed Sunday on This Week in South Florida, a weekly news show hosted by Local 10 news veteran Michael Putney.
Putney was interviewing Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez and Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega about the controversy over Urban Beach Week, which attracts thousands of young, black people every Memorial Day Weekend.
Noriega explained that the reason police held a gun a man who had videotaped the shooting was because he had fit the description of other alleged shooters.
Noriega is still trying to make us believe that police were not the only ones shooting that night, although everything we’ve seen indicates that they were the only ones shooting, which means they would be responsible for striking the four innocent bystanders that were shot.
Rather than ask the chief, Putney asked the city manager about the incident between the cop and the Local 10 videographer.
And Gonzalez simply said, “that’s a matter that is under investigation.”
And Putney, usually one not to back down, seemed to be content with that response (check out that exchange at a little after the 11 minute mark in the video).
That’s the problem with the mainstream media. They’re so hung up on keeping themselves out of the story as well as maintaining civil relations with the police departments that they will turn a blind eye towards these violations.
It’s true that traditional media dictates that journalists should never be part of the story, but when police officers illegally confiscate their cameras, they automatically become part of the story.
So news agencies should not only pursue the matter journalistically, they should pursue the matter legally as well.
After all, how else are they going to send out the message that these types of Constitutional violations will not be tolerated?