Update, post-broadcast: My $0.02: Independence police were very unprofessional; Greg Slate probably slammed his own head; Chief Fred Mills compounded the lack of professionalism by refusing to explain what happened.
Steelblues, was this the whole Indy PD video? Where is the obscene language? It's amazing to me no one tried to ameliorate the situation by offering Slate any other manner of help - maybe a phone number or - heaven forbid - by giving out the form.
I'm not carrying water for KCTV-5 or its type of journalism. But police, like reporters and everyone else, are on a continuum from best to worst. I think Independence police - with whom I've had excellent relations and experienced good openness - fumbled this one from start to finish.
Email the other day from a reader who works at the Indy PD:
Dear Mr. Reeves,
You may already know, but in case you do not, Channel 5 will air the video of Mr. Slate's altercation at the Independence Police Department on Thursday April 27th at 10:00 pm. I hope that what you see is from the IPD video cams and not the cam that Mr. Slate was wearing, as the cam Mr. Slate was wearing may not show what actually happened.
This involves an incident late last month in which a national group that investigates abusive police tactics sent a decoy into Independence police HQ.
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