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Too much media around the death of Jersey City Officer Melvin Santiago?

Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago (AP Photo/Jersey City Mayor’s office)
Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago (AP Photo/Jersey City Mayor’s office)

Every day brings a new wrinkle in the story of the killing of Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Police Force.

Today, besides the order given by Mayor Steve Fulop to take down the memorial to the alleged killer, a Facebook page has been set up in the alleged killer’s memory.

I’m not linking it.

But what surprises me even more is not only the outrage over the killing of the cop and the reaction of the community to memorialize his alleged shooter; but the disgust with the media over the reportage of the series of events.

Do you feel the media needs to back off its coverage of the shooting – or is the coverage justified?

Here’s the deal: it’s news!

Granted – news that evokes passion on both sides, but news just the same.

And to not tell the story would be irresponsible on the part of the media.

No doubt there will be those who will try to take advantage of the killing of the cop and the subsequent dismantling of the alleged killer’s memorial for their own purposes.

But to not report it is tantamount to hiding your head in the sand and pretend like it didn’t happen.
Or worse, take it for granted as an everyday occurrence. And it should never be treated as such.

Do you feel the coverage of the killing of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago and the dismantling of the memorial to his alleged killer is over the top or justified?

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