Your Voices: Tell us your experience reporting on the NYPD
A report from WNYC this morning quoted critics of the New York City Police Department’s head spokesman, Paul Browne. Browne, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, has faced calls for his resignation over his recent flip-flops and backtracking in the fallout from news of an inflammatory film about Muslims that was shown to police recruits.
The WNYC piece also describes the police department’s “reputation for intense secrecy” and a culture of fear among rank-and-file officers when it comes to sharing information with the public and the press.
“Many of them told WNYC they fear Browne, because they believe he would personally see to it that they get punished if they ever spoke negatively about the department,” says the WNYC reporter, Ailsa Chang.
So, we’re curious — as members of the community and ethnic media, what has been your experience seeking information from your local police precincts or from the NYPD’s office of public information? Please share your stories and views in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.