Police Unhappy with Decision to Air Gunman Video

By: CNN Newsource
By: CNN Newsource

Virginia Police said they were unhappy that news stations aired video left behind by alleged Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui. Police superintendent colonel Steve Flaherty said in a press conference Thursday authorities are not happy with the news networks decision to air the disturbing images.

"Investigators did have a chance yesterday to view the package prior to air last night....we appreciate NBC's cooperation...although we're rather disappointed with the editorial decision to broadcast these disturbing images," said Flaherty. "The victims, the families, the entire univ. campus and even the international community have been afflicted...by this horrific events.....I'm sorry you were exposed to all these images."

Flaherty also said that the items sent to NBC did not contain any new evidence, but instead confirmed what they already knew about Cho.

Cho is accused of shooting at least 30 people on the campus of Virginia Tech Monday before police say he took his own life.

STATEMENT FROM NBC:

The pain suffered by the Virginia Tech community and indeed the entire country is immeasurable.

Upon receiving the materials from Cho Seung-Hui, NBC News took careful consideration in determining how the information should be distributed. We did not rush the material onto air, but instead consulted with local authorities, who have since publicly acknowledged our appropriate handling of the matter. Beginning this morning, we have limited our usage of the video across NBC News, including MSNBC, to no more than 10 percent of our airtime.

Our Standards and Policies chief reviewed all material before it was released. One of our most experienced correspondents, Pete Williams handled the reporting. We believe it provides some answers to the critical question, “why did this man carry out these awful murders?” The decision to run this video was reached by virtually every news organization in the world, as evidenced by coverage on television, on websites and in newspapers. We have covered this story – and our unique role in it – with extreme sensitivity, underscored by our devoted efforts to remember and honor the victims and heroes of this tragic incident.

We are committed to nothing less.


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