Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alonzo Washington Exclusive!!! Local Activist captures light mood and joking at the scene of a quadruple homicide!!!



Alonzo Washington teaches us an important lesson with his latest video blog. Those concerned faces and ominous tones used by newsies in their broadcasts are just for show. When they're doing research about homicides in the urban core an audio recording demonstrates that they're seemingly joking around.

22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I can see where you might think it's offensive, Alonzo. It did sound a bit insensitive, but it's been my experience as a reporter that reporters and cops always have a strange awkwardness during a Q&A --- one because they're cops and who the hell likes cops and two, because cops instinctively hate reporters because we're the only ones that can call them out and get away with it. The latter reason makes the low pay almost worth it.

Anonymous said...

And by the way --- quit with the racist overtones, will you? I've been at crime scenes involving both the rich and poor and I've acted in the strange awkward way at both. Racism...Jesus, when will minorities get on with their lives?

Anonymous said...

Alonzo is pushing his brand of racism-again. Yes, this happens in the "affluent" neighborhoods. Before you go spewing your racism do a little checking of the facts and history of why cops and reporters react this way.

It has been shown through the more educated than Washington that cops and reporters can disassociate themselves from the horrendous crimes. Many times joking and laughter is a "release" to keep them grounded and not deal with the reality of such a tragic situation.

A tragic situation that you are now trying to margianlize by inserting your racism. It's to bad you can't be respected like Alvin Brooks who has first handed seen the effects on cops throughout his service to the community.

Such a shame that you would use this tragedy to forward your agenda of hatred!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I forgot to mention that fact as well: that cops and reporters joke and/or laugh in order to cope with it.

Anonymous said...

why can't you see his "hair" in the start frame?

Anonymous said...

wow his video has 74 views...70 of which are from him and well, him. Seriously tony stop cupping this dbags nuts...you lose more credibility each time you lick his sack. And don't kid your self you like to be taken serious or why do as much work as you do on this blog. Your are only as credible as the dbags you hangout or associate with. and yes linking to alonzo can't as associating. *natch

Anonymous said...

I can't understand half of what's being said, but I didn't hear anything offensive or anything that seems like they're joking about the dead people specifically (which would be tacky and horrible.)

I'm normally not anti-Alonzo, but in this case, it really strikes me as Alonzo using this "exclusive tape" to promote himself, show how much better he is than other people, instead of just focusing on solving this crime, which is tacky.

Anonymous said...

Alonzo, you are not a reporter, or a cop. Get some perspective man. And I didn't hear anything outwardly offensive.

Does the black community mourn when some white guy on a bike in JoCo gets hit and killed?

Can you really afford to burn any bridges, with cops, or reporters?

Taking the high road is often the most productive...

Anonymous said...

Promoting racism is no way to eliminate racism...

Radioman KC said...

Well that guy named "anonymous" really wrote a lot in here. I don't have that problem.

Alonzo, RACISM R YOU. This wasnt about racism and your tape was about YOU. I don't see much difference, all parties involved in getting this tape to my screen were in it for their own.

As a veteran reporter, I'll tell you that I heard two things going on here... neither were about coping with a difficult scene. There's a chance the officer wasn't even inside, who knows?

But two things. Cop and female reporter flirting with each other. And second, reporter sucking up and making comfortable the guy who can give her the facts she needs to advance her story and get attaboys in the newsroom.

Every tidbit is important, every point of favoritism she can get a cop to show is to her advantage. Cops control the scenes and have all the tidbits.

I remember many years ago, reporters in a news conference with Wichita Police Chief Floyd Hannon, asking at a routine murder scene, "Did the killer leave a note?" That Eagle Beacon question became a standing joke at murder scenes after one BTK killing and when asked why the chief didn't tell reporters there had been a note left by the killer, he quipped, "You didn't ask."

There is a separation from the grizzliness when possible. It's easier for reporters because they're virtually never allowed to see the actual death scene. I know when I've seen them, and I've seen a few, I don't forget them. Ever. I remember every one of them.

I expect police and emergency people do indeed have issues with what they've seen and frankly, any humor they can muster to get through the day, including flirting with a female reporter is just fine with me.

I have comfort in my statments and I wrote on this very subject in a nursing journal some twenty years ago when my memories of crime scenes, especially involving children were much more recent.

I think you need to stand DOWN. I will say that this morning when hearing about the case on BZ, I was surprised the station didn't play it much, much bigger. And team coverage it. Out interviewing neighbors, etc. If anything might have had a racial tone, it might have been underplaying a story that I really do expect would have been much bigger out in the suburbs.

Not because of a killing but because there were four and one was a child. By late morning drive, Mr. Bell should have realized what he had, and should have called in the KMBZ swat team if they have one. Course it never helps when the cops aren't forthright and they seem to enjoy that power trip with reporters who aren't cute like the teevee reporter in question here.

Anonymous said...

where is the Sharpie hair?

A Little Learning would be nice said...

He gives the reverse peace sign, which in Europe means FUCK YOU. I doubt our guy Alonzo knows that.

Anonymous said...

Is that a Lady Pac-man in the background? LADY PAC-MAN???

KODIACK said...

Tony is posting this clown to make up for airing the fight between him and "Yancy" which clearly made this D student look even more DUMB.

His exclusive sounds almost as bad as those FBI tapes on the MOB...you cant really understand shit!

Tony I guess you keep glorifying this coward because you're the only attention he's gets. You see he gets absolutely no hits or comments on his weak ass blog!

And I thank FRANK BENDER for solving the Precious Doe case..

Thank You all....

Anonymous said...

The lady pac-man is for his retarted son in the wheel chair

Radio Man makes my eyes bleed said...

Sort of shitting in his nest. All I could make out was ...garble, mumble, static, and one giggle, maybe. It was like when someone accidental dials you on their cellphone, then walk around with it in their pocket.
The only thing worse than sitting through that video, was reading the 8 paragraph babbling of Radio Man.

Anonymous said...

A black murdering 4 blacks (including a toddler) doesn't happen in affleunt neighborhoods.

Radioman KC said...

Aint the internet grand?

Anonymous said...

Fudge you all. I like Ms. Pac-Man!

JohnnyP said...

Really, who gives a fuck?

Anonymous said...

Yes as a reporter who also happens to be black, yes, this would be the same at any crime scene, affluent neighborhood or not. I've been at many in JoCo, the Northland, KCK, KCMO and it's like that. One reason is you are trying to schmooz info from the cop (a leak, a suggestion, etc.) Another part is what you might call gallows humor. These cops, and the reporters covering the crime beat, deal with this type of death everyday. If you internalized each one you would go crazy. You have to depersonalize to survive sometimes. As long as you show respect to the subjects you interview, during the presentation of the story and to your overall reporting (you know digging in and doing profiles of the victims, questioning police and even the treatment of the suspect regardless of the race or class of those involved) you've done well.

Anonymous said...

Right on the money anon 4:17 about the gallows humor aspect and the schmoozing. Radioman made some good points along the same line, but has obviously lost the ability to write radio copy. Any one who's spent more than five minutes in a newsroom was neither shocked nor surprised by this tape.