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TPD: Police not required to tell media anything

Letter by Michael J. Hanagan, Yorba Linda, Calif. on June 1, 2011 at 8:37 am | 20 Comments »
June 1, 2011 11:03 am

Re: “Chief once fired cop for lying” (TNT, 6-1).

The News Tribune been shilling for plaintiff’s counsel in this absurd matter of the Zina Linnik Amber Alert notification, but things have now reached pathetic levels. Let’s be clear about a few things:

• Nobody at the Tacoma Police Department was under any obligation to reveal anything to either The News Tribune or other media outlets about the case or any other active investigation. You are a private, for-profit businesses and not telling you things or not telling you the truth is no offense, criminal or otherwise.

• Sadly, Zina Linnick was dead within minutes of her disappearance, thus an Amber Alert would have been pointless in any event.

• There is a gulf between not telling things to the media and actively lying about inappropriate conduct in one’s official duties. Why The News Tribune can’t comprehend that is a mystery to me.

(Hanagan is a former Tacoma police officer, deputy Pierce County prosecutor and Administration of Justice instructor at Tacoma Community College.)

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