Thursday, April 16, 2009

Here it is. An excuse for withholding what should be public information.

Net the Truth Online

Buzz up!Sunday, April 5, 2009
SWAT TEAM SUMMONED IN SECRECY. The call went out Tuesday afternoon for Pittsburgh SWAT officers to report to Cordell Place in Arlington Heights.

The only problem is that some SWAT officers did not receive the message.

An hour after the initial call, a SWAT officer radioed the city 911 supervisor to ask why he and at least two other officers had not been paged and to say that the message wasn't broadcast citywide.

The supervisor replied that they were trying to keep the news media in the dark. He explained that when the media hear such a call, they swamp the 911 center with phone calls and swarm to the scene.

The officer replied dryly that such procedures are great -- but they don't do much good when the officers who need to respond as quickly as possible don't get the message.

Hard to argue his point.

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