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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.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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  1. lists all police oversite models, one can lobby but truth is in the end we all police the police ie anyone who faces police abuse can file 42 USC 1983 in federal court…if the FBI or DHS violates your rights you can file a ‘Bivens v Six Unknown Federal Agents’ Action post 1971 before 1971 one was out of luck when the FBI violated your rights and you were limited to just lobbying. It is good the issue is getting attention via Hunt. But actually there are many horror stories, right here in EP there was a incident involving a police baton and a migrant that cost the city $250k, a similar incident happened in NYC. The Rodney King incident Video is far closer to what goes on…yet ‘rights belong only to the belligerant claimant’ my guess is Hunt could obtain the police discipline report on this incident when it is completed and file a 42 USC 1983, the report will make his case and help ‘police the police’

    Carl Starr

    April 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  2. It is nice that Mr. Starr references the articles against the Police but lets look at the reality of the situation. When you enter a Federal Interstate there is a sign that says no Pedestrians, etc. Mir Hunt and crew violated the feferal statute since they were just bystanders and not the people involved in the accident. Maybe the US Marshall should be the one handlining this case not the EPPD. Maybe Sgt Ramariz is looking for a Federal Job enforcing the Interstate access policies. Let’s question who rerally has jurisdiction on the Interstate Highways.


    April 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm

  3. I have never viewed civil rights as just for the saints, the best example of civil rights is when a lifelong criminal scumbag beats the rap on a little techo called the 4th amendment…the 4th amendment was not included in the constitution for these scumbags [albeit life outside a cage has value] or even the saints for that matter, they were include to protect ALL Americans against abusive government.

    Carl Starr

    April 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm

  4. The increase in police over-reactions is a direct result of the shortage of police officers and increase in the population.

    They are overworked and understaffed because the city can not afford to pay for another police or firemens class. They were cancelled, remember the statement by Chief Allen. He did not complain, simply stated that he would make do with what he had.

    I am not justifying the behavior,but hopefully people will understand what is really the root cause.


    April 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

  5. What’s the excuse when a cop acts out like Ramirez but they’re not short-staffed, under-funded, and the population has not exploded? There’s a sense of entitlement and power and the attitude of “how dare you question my authority” that abounds I’ve seen wayyy too much. The force needs a brotherhood- but that brotherhood can be taken too far and can turn into “us vs them”. Like I responded on another blog- I attended one of those 8-week citizen police academy classes that many communities have- this one was in one of the richest suburbs of Chicago. The officer I was assigned to for a drive-along for about 4 hours was on the force less than 10 years. He was making damn good money, too. Me being in the squad car made no difference to him as I watched him harrass out-of-state drivers- we patrolled the main roads (not the side streets where the citizens live but where the businesses were) and he kept pointing out when we came upon a driver from Wisconsin or Indiana and so we ran their plates- even pulled over a few people AFTER they were profiled that way for minor infractions (if any). We also spent alot of time driving by a city representatives home to try and deliver some papers as a courtesy- on the taxpayer’s dime! He constantly called the citizens of the community that payed his over-inflated salary “chuckleheads”- if a person made an actual stop at a stop sign instead of rolling through it and took too long (in his mind) to proceed through the intersection- they were called that. If they waved at him and thanked him as he drove by- that’s what they were called under his breath. These are just minor red flags I saw on this particular day. Other experiences with different police officers from different communities were positive and negative about equally. Some incidents and run-ins when I was a teenager were downright criminal on the cops’ end (save that one for another time) and some left me feeling good about our men in blue, safe and protected by men with good judgement.
    So to say that these kind of incidents like Ramirez displayed is all-inclusive due to stress, over-population and under-staffing is a gross misjudgement or doesn’t tell the whole story. If one is lucky enough to have never had a negative encounter with a police officer, one just has to watch any of the myriad of reality cop shows on tv/cable and see for themselves tell-tale signs of “contempt of cop”. It is blatant and every force has it- how they deal with it (or not) is another thing- but eventually the citizens will have to step in for oversight if left unchecked for too long.

    Suzanne Fabian

    April 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

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