08/28/14 245 W, 1 I - + 9 - 4 On The Subject of Police Press Conferences

You're reading my tweets, right? Those little 140-character or less messages in the upper-right corner of this page? That's how I've been transmitting "recommended reading" lo the last year or two. I've just retweeted one from fire blogger and retired television reporter Dave Statter, which he posted five hours ago:


He's promoting a posting of his from last night, and which I must also recommend. He's talking about a police department conference in Omaha on Tuesday night, and his praise therein. "Chief Schmaderer gave one of the most effective and timely presentations following a police involved shooting I’ve witnessed." 

He provides links to news stories about same, including a transcript of the conference. What happened in Omaha? That night, police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect. He was armed with an Airsoft pistol. And the officer's gunfire also killed an embedded journalist, a crew member from the TV shot "Cops."

Dave offers opinions on the press conference, and praises a number of components including transparency and immediacy. He also talks about the value of such information in general, be it a crisis or routine event. Key phrase: "[Officials] need to recognize the importance of answering the obvious questions the community will ask."

Definitely worth reading his take, as well as the recorded/transcribed event. Read the Statter911 posting.

Impressive. The Chief, I think, did a great job of controlling the press conference and not allowing it to become chaotic. Not that I’ve been to, or heard lots of these types of engagements…. Maybe that press corps isn’t usually a group prone to overly emotional and chaotic conduct. But, I can remember hearing about high profile press conferences where reporters start shouting questions all at once, trying to be the ones with the “hard hitting” question, etc. An excellent display of leadership and professionalism of the highest capacity.
Bob - 08/29/14 - 14:17

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