Spread sunshine: call cops, tell them to report crime

Murder. Traffic mayhem. Million-dollar theft of public funds. Widespread corruption. Sexual predators on the loose.

There is a lot going on around here that goes unreported — if one believes everything that is passed off as news on social media. Many people with reckless disregard for the truth get all their news from social media.

There is also a lot going on around here that goes unreported that is real. Why does it go unreported? Because many agencies funded by tax dollars in this region suppress the release of facts and information you have a right to know. They redact and suppress that information even though they are required by law to be transparent.

In other words, they block sunshine on public information.

There are many offenders on this list, and police departments head it. For a few years now, we have been contacting local agencies on a daily basis to list calls to the police. We’ve discovered something interesting…

Do you know there are some locations where crime never happens? Nothing ever happens that requires assistance from the local police? The police are never called? Officers never help anybody? These places can save their taxpayers a whole lot of money by closing the police station. They don’t need it.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. These departments are merely failing their duty as part of protecting and serving people by refusing to inform them of public-safety information happening in their town.

When police refuse to provide us with crime information, we cannot just “go with” what’s on social media because it’s unverified, nearly all the time inaccurate and often complete fantasy.

But then what do readers say when something they heard on social media is not published in our paper? We’re covering up the story. We’re working for the police in suppressing that information.

So the next time you see something on social media that’s not in the paper, don’t call us. Bring some sunshine into you and your neighbor’s lives. Call the police and tell them to do their job in serving the people by reporting crime information.

A Daily Mining Gazette editorial