NPT Media: Saturday’s Meet the Press: Who polices the police?
This week’s arrest of arrest of KVIA-TV’s reporter Darren Hunt and photographer Ric DuPont by a police officer as they were reporting on Interstate-10 traffic accident got many people talking about the El Paso Police Department’s interactions with the news media and the public as well.
The El Paso Press Club has arranged a Meet the Press program this Saturday to explore questions the arrests raise about law enforcement procedures, training and discipline, and what working journalists and the public should expect from police on the city’s streets.
The panelists will be police department spokesman and former reporter Javier Sambrano, KVIA’s news director Brenda DeAnda and George De Angelis, a former assistant chief of the El Paso Police Department. De Angelis, the department’s No. 2 officer until 2002, teaches criminal justice at El Paso community College and holds two masters degrees, including one in criminal justice administration and security. He has also testified as an expert witness on police matters.
The panel will be open to questions from members of the news media and the public. Saturday’s event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will end about noon at Kinley’s House Coffee & Teas, 2231 N. Mesa St. at Kerby Ave.