Anytime a breaking news event occurs, information is streamed around the world via social media, even before the mainstream news media arrives. The longer you wait to talk with the media regarding a news event, the less control you will have over your own media relations.
One way to create a Positive news story is to let the media know “how” you are doing your job. If you are using Social Media to solve crimes, that may be OLD news but it doesn’t mean you can’t make it current. All you need is just one NEW piece of information: If Social Media helped you solve a crime this month, THAT is your peg; you have just made the story current; it doesn’t have to be earth shattering information. Send out a news release and be sure you have someone available for interviews and quotes. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
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A great way to build community relations is for police to take part in local festivals and events.
Hopefully, the public will remember the brave officers who put their lives at risk thousands of times every day to protect and serve. If officers would use the social media to publicize all of the heroic acts they are routinely involved in, it would more than counteract all of the negativity posted by the critics.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces that homicide and related charges have been filed in the death of Freddie Gray.
Posted: Friday, May 1, 2015 10:45 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Fri May 1, 2015.
Associated Press |
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”
“Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.
The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray’s death, and only hours after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby received the results of a police investigation.
Mosby announced the stiffest charge — second-degree “depraved heart” murder — against the driver of the police van. Other officers face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.
Mosby said the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest.
Mosby said she comes from five generations of police officers, and that the charges against these six officers should in no way damage the relationship between police and prosecutors in Baltimore.
Her announcement came as the city braced for two move waves of protests Friday and Saturday focused on the case.
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champ George Foreman make the morning news show circuit on April 30, 2015, to offer his take on how to solve the crisis in Baltimore following nights of rioting, protests and fires. Foreman said the National Police Athletic League (PAL) pulled him from a life of crime into a world filled with opportunities. PAL’s goal is to prevent juvenile crime and violence. Watch these inspirational words from the George Foreman.
A Baltimore mom spots her son taking part in a rally and drags him home, citizen protects a police line and a Vietnam War Vet tells protesting teens to get their butts home and study.
Baltimore now under a State of Emergency. Rioting, Officers threatened, looting, fires. Hope all of our brave officers everywhere stay safe.