Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Opinions Wanted: Socks & Cops
You might’ve read a story in today’s Register about a man
who allegedly broke a police department holding cell toilet using his socks
uh, allegedly flushed the things down there).
That incident happened on Monday after an arrest for
allegedly threatening a local business owner; it was actually the man’s sixth
arrest since mid-December.
With that many recent arrests, it’s safe to say it’s been a
tough couple of months for the guy. We wrote a story was because public
property got broken. It took your tax dollars to install that toilet, and now
it’ll take your tax dollars to fix it.
But what I’m wondering, citizens of Milford (and any other
community, really), is whether you think that stories like this should be in
the paper at all. Are you more interested in whom police arrest (and the alleged
crime), or what police do with their time?
I think that reporting on police activity can give you readers two types of information: first, what kind of crime(s) might be
happening in the community (but remember police don’t charge you, they arrest
you on suspicion of a crime and leave the criminal charge to the prosecutor).
Second, it tells us what the police are doing with their time.
So, please let me know what you think about news stories
that involve crime and police. Do stories like the one out today turn you off? Do
you want more reporting on crimes, or more reporting about the police