Just sent news4jax this message via Facebook messenger & thought I’d share. If they should decide to comment, I’ll be sure to share that information with you. ???
I am reaching out to you for comment regarding the following observations;
The first is in regard to to an event that occurred May 13th at approximately 7:30 pm at the JSO police memorial wall.
A group of survivors & officers met at the memorial to honor and remember the 62 Jacksonville police officers that died in the line of duty, as well as to read the names of the 2019 officers that should’ve been honored in our nation’s capital this year, but couldn’t because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A candlelight vigil was to follow.
Soon after I arrived to the memorial wall, one of your reporters arrived with her videographer. She proceeded to interview a surviving spouse regarding the event at hand.
Soon after, our group organized & began our impromptu ceremony.
The ceremony started with recently retired JSO Police Officer reading a poem titled The Final Inspection during which JSO air unit performed a ceremonial flyover.
During that short time (maybe 2 minutes) I noticed your reporter either take a picture or a short video via her cell phone.
We then started reading the names of the 2019 officers that died in the line of duty.
Immediately, I noticed that your reporter was distracted and even appeared to be bored. Of course I cannot say what her mindset was with certainty, but can only convey what it looked like based on appearance.
Through my observations it truly appeared as though she was disinterested to the point that it was irreverent to the occasion.
She was fooling around with her cell phone and never even looked up. This went on for a few minutes, meanwhile the names of the fallen were still being read.
She then stepped away from the group & shortly after came back only to signal to the videographer that they were leaving, and they proceeded to just that leaving me to wonder why she bothered to attend in the first place.
When I returned home from the ceremony, the encounter troubled me enough to research who the reporter was....Corley Peel.
Imagine my surprise when I google searched Corley & discovered that she was arrested for DUI by SCSO just last month.
I then went to your website & searched for a news story that may explain the the events surrounding Corley’s arrest & found nothing.
Ironically, the story you reported on regarding JSO officer dated 12/13/18 whom, by the way, was gravely injured in the line of duty, was arrested for DUI remains on your website.
That brings me to my first questions.
Why isn’t Corley’s DUI story on your website? Do you think that is a double standard? Would you be willing to put her story on your website along with the outcome like it was with our gravely injured JSO officer?
That brings me to the “hit pieces” that you’ve reported on regarding JSO as of late.
First being the article titled “Man dies after JSO reported his injuries were ‘non life threatening’
What was the intention of that headline? It appears that you are attempting to influence your viewers that the officers employed by JSO are medically trained.
Am I misguided in my observations?
And finally that brings me to the story you published titled “Woman says Jacksonville police entered home without warrant, used excessive force”
Based on the video that the defendant (that is now charged with Battery On A Law Enforcement Officer) submitted, are you again attempting to influence your viewer’s opinion solely based on a one sided statement and poor video recording from a cell phone? I am inclined to believe that your only angle to this story as well as the previous stories mentioned are intended to merely inflame this community with the scarcity of all of the facts as well as bolster the ratings of WJXT?
I plan on posting these concerns to my private Facebook feed.
As with you, I believe in full transparency and will happily post your response in full.
Surviving spouse of Mark H. Larson. JSO 6962, End Of Watch 3.24.2014
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