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In wake of Stow arrests, Beck urges more media restraint

The Times, which laid off a few people this week, forfeits twelve column inches this morning to LAPD chief Charlie Beck.

Beck returns the favor by blasting media's role (?) in the errant arrest of Giovanni Ramirez:

That is the state of the game, but we can do much better. We need to not merely abide by the rules but to recognize their shortfalls. I can be more circumspect in my comments, and the media should be more restrained and cautious. The public should remember the rules, so they can respect the rights of those on the field.

&c. He also mumbles much about constitutional policing. But this really grates: the media should be more restrained and cautious.

If anything, local print media could not have been more comatose--as they are once again by printing Chief Beck's op-ed.

I invite you to read any of the following, most written here and much written elsewhere, to glean precisely the level of media involvement in the Stow case and other notable unsolved violent crimes in Los Angeles--and judge for yourself whether print media should have been "more restrained and cautious."


Break in Stow case follows reward increase
Cooley tacitly critical of LAPD's handling of Stow case (street-hassle)
Did Northeast division bungle Stow case? (street-hassle)
So where are all the perps? (Echo Park Patch)
Ominous gang murder trend in Echo Park began... (street-hassle)
Really Hidden Los Angeles (street-hassle)
Echo Park Teenager wounded in drive-by shooting (The Eastsider LA)
Second night of Echo Park gunfire (The Eastsider LA)
Timid Police statement on Stow case; Mickey David killer still at large (street-hassle)
Stow family to sue Dodgers (street-hassle)
Jeffrey Cardona charged with one count of murder in Mickey David shooting (Echo Park Patch)
Arrest made in Mickey David killing (street-hassle)
Update on Echo Park shooting (The Eastsider LA)
Mayor to host Town Hall in Valley as violent crime spikes (street-hassle)
Ostriches take over local newsrooms as murder spree continues (street-hassle)