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The Des Moines and Urbandale Police Departments have identified a suspect in the murder of two police officers this morning. Urbandale resident Scott Michael Greene is being sought by investigators. Should the press publish the names of suspects?

The Des Moines and Urbandale Police Departments have identified a suspect in the murder of two police officers this morning. Urbandale resident Scott Michael Greene is being sought by investigators. Should the press publish the names of suspects?
  • Agree and disagree

    You really can't say yes or no. Things like this need to be done on a case by case basis. No two situations are the same and they can't be treated the same way. If they have another way to find a suspect they probably shouldn't release the name to the public and give the person a chance to run. On the other hand if all they have is the name and need to find the person it could be a benefit to have the help of the public.

  • Yes, they should.

    Suspects should not get special treatment just because they are white. The only time newspapers are hesitant to publish the names in a story is when it is victim or when the suspect is underage or has not been confirmed as a suspect. This time should be no different than any other.

  • It would help catch him.

    In Michigan, there is a procedure called an Amber Alert. When a child is missing, people who have opted in receive a phone notification, and everyone helps look for the person. The same procedure would be helpful to help catch people who are armed and dangerous. It would also help prevent family members from harboring someone who is a danger to the public.

  • Yes, the press should publish the names of suspects.

    Yes, the press should publish the names of suspects because it will help police catch them faster. If someone hears a name and recognizes it, they may call the police with valuable information. Anyone who has heard of or seen this person recently can tell police exactly where to go.

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