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Gabe Pressman, President of the New York Press Club, writes: The police manufactured a series of charges against Julia Campbell at Biggies Smalls funeral in 1997, including inciting to riot and pushing an officer

Gabe Pressman, President of the New York Press Club, writes: The police manufactured a series of charges against Julia Campbell at Biggies Smalls funeral in 1997, including inciting to riot and pushing an officer

The police manufactured a series of charges against Campbell, including inciting to riot and pushing an officer. Those charges (made in a written report) weren't mentioned by Freeman or the police when the department issued its press release. That The New York Times would be concerned about a "continuum" in relationships with the police is beyond belief. The police are there to serve the public and the job of reporter and editor is to report on the police and scrutinize their behavior, not make deals with them.

PCOL Comment: Peace Corps Volunteer Julia Campbell has been missing since April 8 in a mountainous northern area about 160 miles north of Manila Campbell, 40, was last seen in the town of Banaue in Ifugao province, where she had planned to hike alone. The area is famed for its mountainside rice terraces and pine forests. The New People's Army also operates there.


Gabe Pressman, President of the New York Press Club, writes: The police manufactured a series of charges against Julia Campbell at Biggies Smalls funeral in 1997, including inciting to riot and pushing an officer

A COP-OUT?

Caption: New York Times stringer Julia Campbell is taken away by police as she is arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during a disturbance that broke out in the Brooklyn borough of New York after the funeral procession of rap star The Notorious B.I.G., Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in New York. (AP Photo/Hakim Mutlaq)

Your September/October story, "Hardball in New York," is a home run. Your reporter has depicted accurately the anti-press atmosphere in Mayor Rudy Giuliani's city.

Eve Burton, the general counsel to the Daily News, deserves praise for winning victories in the courts, forcing certain city records to be turned over to the press under freedom of information laws. Sadly, the same thing cannot be said for George Freeman, the assistant general counsel at The New York Times. When Times free-lance reporter Julia Campbell was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct as she was covering the funeral of rapper Biggie Smalls, Freeman made a deal with the police. They dropped the charges against Campbell and he apologized for the "intemperate language" used by Campbell. (Her offense? When they snapped the cuffs on her, the young woman said: "What the . . . is going on?")

The Times allowed the police department to issue a press release announcing that the charges were dropped and the Times had apologized. For what? For a reporter doing her job?

Freeman tells CJR: "We have to look beyond the individual incident to the continuum of dealing with the police department. To be antagonistic would not serve us in the long run."

Is this The New York Times of the Pentagon Papers? of Times v. Sullivan? Is this the same newspaper that exposed the Tweed Ring?

The police manufactured a series of charges against Campbell, including inciting to riot and pushing an officer. Those charges (made in a written report) weren't mentioned by Freeman or the police when the department issued its press release.

That The New York Times would be concerned about a "continuum" in relationships with the police is beyond belief. The police are there to serve the public and the job of reporter and editor is to report on the police and scrutinize their behavior, not make deals with them.

Gabe Pressman
President
New York Press Club
New York, New York



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