Name suspects on police blotter

I am writing once again to encourage the management of the Sentinel and Main Street Media to stop displaying two opposite journalistic models in the weekly local newspapers. The issue is the reluctance to seemingly refuse to print the names of local suspects arrested in the police blotter articles while on the same page in an article labeled “Detectives seize drugs, arrest 13” on page 5 of the Aug. 29 issues of the Sentinel, where you do list all of those arrested.

This printing of the names is completely legal and serves as an important public service to your readership. Once again, some of these crimes are very serious and if any of the persons are known to me, I would want to know about it. Once again, I would like to point out that the Sentinel could be encouraging a reduction in crime if all knew that the names of all arrested would be published.

At the very least, I believe that the Sentinel management should publish their plans on this matter and an explanation for their decision.

Charles Teichert Jr.


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