What's In A Name
Ferguson, Mo. is ablaze after last Saturday's shooting by a police officer of an unarmed 18-year-old African American young man named Michael Brown. Along with legitimate protests, some have used Brown's death as an excuse to go on a rampage of looting and rioting. The turmoil is continuing and may be spreading.
Against this backdrop, it should come as a surprise to no one that the Ferguson Police Department has received threats made against the Department and the as-of-yet unnamed officer.
As a result, authorities have made a decision not to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting. The law specifies that a department typically has 72 hours to release the name of the officer in an officer-involved shooting but contains an exception for personal safety.
During the 1 p.m. hour of Wednesday's radio program, we'll discuss whether it is in the interest of the public to immediately make the name of the officer in this case public?
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.