Ala. Police Blame Media Narrative For Attack On Officer
An Alabama police detective who was beaten with his own gun says he hesitated because he was afraid of the media backlash.By Christian Bryant | August 14, 2015
An Alabama police detective who was beaten with his own gun says he didn't shoot his attacker because he was afraid of the media backlash. He gave this statement to CNN:
"'A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what's going on in the media. I hesitated because I didn't want to be in the media like I am right now.' He goes on to say about local police officers, 'We don't want to be in the media. It's hard times right now for us,'" CNN's Nick Valencia said.
We've heard that concern a lot lately from police officers who say that narrative is hurting their image overall. A Gallup poll earlier this summer, in fact, found confidence in police is at its lowest in more than 20 years.