Yesterday, Rio Dell Police Officer Kevin Harralson pled not guilty to charges of Domestic Violence. Luckily for us, John Chiv (who is gaining credibility by simply showing up) was there to report what transpired:
On the flip side, News Channel 3 was the only other local media source to report on this case. Not unusually, that “media source” identified the alleged victim as being the mother of Harralson’s child. That is false information, but not surprising given the lack of interest in the case:
It is sad, but true…local journalism appears to be dead. Has Thad from the North Coast Journal covered the ins and outs of this case? Nope. How about the Times-Standard with in depth coverage of the courthouse? Nope. (The TS did a small story this morning just quoting from Rio Dell PD’s press release) We would think a police officer charged with Domestic Violence would be cause for an in-depth look at the culture of policing and the realities of Domestic Violence among cops, when the doors are closed. How often do police officers take out their frustrations on their partners? Is this an epidemic, that isn’t seen by the public because of the “thin blue line”? How many officers are charged with partner abuse?????
These seem to be real questions that a true journalist would ask.
We are left with asking;
Is there any real journalism left in Humboldt County?