PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Montgomery County Police Chief Bill Kelly accused multiple media outlets of hiding the race of a suicidal individual who police wrestled a gun away from Sunday night after an encounter with an officer in Abington.
Kelly told Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that their policy is always to report the race of the individual, but news outlets extracted that detail from their reporting.READ MORE: 'Nothing Is Off Limits': SEPTA Announces New Initiative Aimed At Improving Regional Rail
“When we put the story out, like we always did, we talked about the fact that the gentleman was a 32-year-old black male…In every case we put that out and in every case they deleted the race of the individual.”
He was disappointed that fact was overlooked or excluded given the number of recent police shootings of black men that have drawn outrage of spurred protests around the country.READ MORE: 2 Suspects In Custody For Deadly Beating Outside Pat's Steaks In South Philadelphia
“We thought that that was an important part of the story considering everything that’s been going on. Yet, everyone of the news outlets that we’d seen had deleted the race of the individual when they were telling the story.”
Kelly credited the officers involved with using the best judgement to end the confrontation without using their weapons.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Family Files Lawsuit In Shooting At Pleasantville High School Football Game That Killed 10-Year-Old Micah Tennant
“Something that people have to be thinking about is that the officer has an equal right to want to survive these scenarios as much as he citizen does and in some of these cases, to go any further than they would is sometimes risking their own life. These officers did that. They thought it was a risk worth taking. They did it and it worked out just fine.”