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March 25, 2011
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Video: Seattle PD moves to recorded statements

Critics say it may be a way for police to avoid answering hard questions from reporters


SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department has started a new form of communication with the media – video recorded statements posted on the department's website. They call it an enhanced format, but critics say it may be a way for police to avoid answering hard questions from reporters.

When a story broke Monday on possible policy violations within the department's DUI squad, police declined to answer questions about the internal investigation. Instead, the department issued a prepared video statement from Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer.

"If you have an image problem and you want to fix it, you hold a news conference and let it all hang out," 97.3 KIRO-FM talk show host Dave Ross said. "If there's a question you can't answer, you say 'I can't answer that at this time.'"

Read more on KING 5.

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