E.J. Montini does a nice job of summarizing Friday’s tragic events in Phoenix, culminating in the loss of a young police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all the victims.
One of the remarkable things about Americans is our ability to learn from tragedies and make changes. I’m not sure when the media decided we needed to cover every police chase live from the air — the first one I remember is the O.J. Simpson pursuit in California. But do we really need five angles? And don’t the police have a dangerous enough job without having to orchestrate airspace around an active crime scene? I’d hate to see the government get involved for First Amendment reasons, but it would be nice if the five TV news stations in town would voluntarily agree to consider pool coverage of car chases like this one.