Barber Shop Show review: "Horrible" reporting on police violence hurts communities

Barber Shop Show review: "Horrible" reporting on police violence hurts communities

How is a lack of critical reporting, dwindling resources and little transparency into internal police reviews leading news organizations to give victims of violence in police shootings short shrift?

Tracy Siska, executive director at the Chicago Justice Project, sounds off on the issue below after appearing on last week's Barber Shop Show.

The program focused on police violence and aired a day after Howard Morgan, a black ex-police officer, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder after a gunfight with police in 2005 after a traffic stop that left him with 28 gunshot wounds. Morgan's wife, Rosalind, was also on the show. You can listen to the rebroadcast here. 

"Media reporting typically on crime and justice issues, police shootings especially, is horrible," said Siska, who has been researching issues involved in crime and justice issues in Chicago for more than a decade. "They typically discount what community members say, if they at all count that information, and they over rely on ... what they get from the Fraternal Order of Police."

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