California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 31

IT’S SIMPLY NOT YOUR NEWS TO BREAK: It’s Simply Not Your News to Break: #StayInYourLane by Captain Chris Hsiung, Mountain View Police Department #StayInYourLane A little over two years ago, Northern California law enforcement was rocked news when the Hayward Police Department suffered the tragic loss of Sgt. Sc Lunger, shot and killed in the line of duty on July 22, 2015. By Captain Chris Hsiung Mountain View and Police again Department As we see time across the country, news breaks on Twitter and oth media platforms and is then carried by the mainstream media. It was no diffe case. Unfortunately, sometimes we in law enforcement are our own wors A little over two years ago, this Northern California law enforcement was rocked by In this incident, it was other law enforcement departments that helped break horrific news when the Hayward Police Department suffered tragic loss of handling of the officer’s death on Twitter, instead of the the primary jurisdiction news first, the mainstream media does no Sgt. Scott Lunger, shot and incident. killed In in the the interest line of of breaking duty on July 22, 2015. to rely on a tweet or post from any credible law enforcement social media acc as their source for verification of information. As we see time and again across the country, news breaks on Twitter and other social media platforms and is then carried by the mainstream media. It was no different for this case. Unfortunately, sometimes we in law enforcement are our own worst enemy. In this incident, it was other law enforcement departments that helped break the news of the officer’s death on Twitter, instead of the primary jurisdiction handling the incident. In the interest of breaking news first, the mainstream media does not hesitate to rely on a tweet or post from any credible law the source case for of Sgt. Lunger’s incident, many of us watched the news break abo enforcement social media account to act as In their officer involved shooting. The official tweet from Hayward PD that morning verification of information. above) advised that they were not releasing the condition of the officer. We ca SPRING 2017 | California 31 of id assume that during that time, Hayward PD personnel were Police in Chief the midst locating, and delivering the tragic news to Sgt. Lunger’s family in person. At