RI Chief Chides Media for Minor Arrest Reports

Vincent Carlone, police chief in New Shoreham since 2004, said his years as an officer have convinced him that reporting arrests for minor crimes unnecessarily shames people.

A police chief on Block Island, R.I., says he believes the news media should not run stories about offenses he considers minor, such as local people driving under the influence or possessing alcohol in public, because such press proves embarrassing, the Providence Journal reports. “I’ve always said, ‘Is it really newsworthy?’ That is how I feel,” said Chief Vincent Carlone. Carlone asked The Block Island Times, the local weekly newspaper, not to publish details about local arrests.

“It is terrible. I have lobbied [The Block Island Times] about it … I have to arrest a guy for drinking a beer,” Carlone said. “Do we have to doubly embarrass him?” Carlone, who was named chief in New Shoreham in 2004, said his years as a police officer had proved to him that reporting arrests for minor crimes unnecessarily shames people. Carlone asserted that his crackdowns on drunken driving and visitors publicly carrying alcohol has cleaned the island up dramatically.

from https://thecrimereport.org