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  • Senior Paper, The media and police shootings

    Kay guys, be gentle as this is my first post here... Basically, I just wanted to get a little feedback from officers on the topic that I'm looking at for my senior paper at the University of Minnesota. I'm studying the news media, and whether or not they present a biased view of the events up to and including the shooting of a civilian by a police officer. So, in your guys experience, do you expect fair treatment from the media, or should they be avoided at all costs? Don't worry, this is all informal, the actual research will have to be much more structured, etc, so feel free to flame away at the media, myself, whoever...

    As a side note, since this is my first post, I'll introduce myself. I'm currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying Sociology: Law, Criminology and Deviance. Sounds long and moderately impressive, but it's actually sort of pointless (started in engineering here, and didn't know it was such a poor school for anything police related). I intend to become a police officer, hopefully in the not too distant future (I'm done with school as of August 15th of this year). I've already applied to, and been turned down by the City of Madison Police Department (WI). I've also applied to the Department of Corrections in WI for positions as a correctional officer or a parole agent. Thanks for any input in advance...

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    I could see that you may not have received the response you may have expected. I think the reason is because this subject has been heatedly discussed on this forum. Go back a few months, and you will find it. I think this is still a sore subject for many on this forum. Hope it helps...
    A closed mouth gathers no foot. --Unknown

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      I think it varies in different parts of the country. Down here in Houston the media gives us a pretty fair shake. One thing I have found is that if the cops who work with the shooter know the cop is a good guy they will make sure the press knows it. If the cop is bad news they will let the media know it too, not on the record in either case. The media will respond to these tips accordingly. This is a little known fact that I have seen happen personally.

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        *moving to Ask a Cop*

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