Cincinnati Police Chief to be sued by newspaper

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    Cincinnati Police Chief to be sued by newspaper

    The chief refuses to give up the names of the police officers who were involved in a shoot-out with the Iron Horseman in the fall to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which left one Iron Horseman dead.

    Many times I do not agree with this police chief, but he has a very good reason to withhold this information.

    http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_...d-by-Enquirer-
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    I am unfamiliar with how this works...is he required to release the names or something?

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    I think suing him is a bit harsh a step. Why not file an open records request? That should be public information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    I am unfamiliar with how this works...is he required to release the names or something?
    He is, unless the Gov't can show a compelling interest in keeping the information private. It is a matter of public concern, and the officers acted in a public capacity. This public official could be seen as censoring the press. He'll state that they are undercover, and any leaks of information will put an important operation at risk, as well as the officers' lives. If the court finds that compelling (which is very hard to meet), then it will not force the release of the names. *(I'm not a lawyer yet, just what I've interpreted from studying 1st Amendment Rights)*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    I think suing him is a bit harsh a step. Why not file an open records request? That should be public information.
    They may have. The article didn't say either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    They may have. The article didn't say either way.
    Which is why it's a weak "article," and why you can't count on TV news to give you the whole story. That was the first thing I looked for in the blurb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Which is why it's a weak "article," and why you can't count on TV news to give you the whole story. That was the first thing I looked for in the blurb.
    Seems to me that in a rush to break stories, news outlets find it easier to get a selacious lead out first, and then worry about all of the facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    Seems to me that in a rush to break stories, news outlets find it easier to get a selacious lead out first, and then worry about all of the facts.
    True. To be fair, though, TV and internet outlets are the worst for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    True. To be fair, though, TV and internet outlets are the worst for this.
    No doubt. There is little accountability when you use the internet. Throw up something on the blog, state that you got your info from a credible source if you are dealing w/ a public official, and retract later when you throw up your story. They have to be a little more cautious when dealing with non-public figures, but if they get info off of a police report, what can the private individual do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    Seems to me that in a rush to break stories, news outlets find it easier to get a selacious lead out first, and then worry about all of the facts.
    I agree, that seems to be true with nearly everything involving the media.

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    The Iron Horsemen are even more cavalier than most most motorcycle clubs and I think in a case like this withholding the names is the right thing to do.

    I worked for the government for 20 years and sometimes you have to trust the government to do the right thing and that includes not telling everything the government knows to the public.

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