(Long Island, NY) On Friday, January 17th, 2014, Suffolk County PBA President Noel DiGerolamo and the President of the Suffolk County Detectives Association, Bill Plant, joined Presidents of other local unions to condemn Newsday along with its reporter who released confidential information related to an ongoing investigation into a string of robberies throughout Suffolk County.
The press conference displayed in the first half of the video, said to be specific to Newsday, was called to discuss the danger that reporters and publishers place on innocent neighbors, the general public and Police Officers when reporters and publishers interfere and disclose information about active investigations, said Suffolk County PBA President Noel DiGerolamo. The second took place inside Police Headquarters, called to highlight the Marino and Greco arrests; the crime in which the leak was related.
“It appears that, a little overzealous reporting and lack of discretion on the part of local editors and publishers, our local media newspaper, Newsday in particular, has found that they have put aside ethics and crossed the line in which creating an extremely hazardous situation not only for the members of the Suffolk County Police Department, Police Officers and Detectives and DA Investigators but to the public at large as well” said Suffolk County PBA President Noel DiGerolamo.
“The ramifications of these actions have multi-faceted, counterproductive effects on the outcome of criminal investigations. There needs to be a commitment from our regions media outlets to help promote and respect Police Officers who are continually in harm’s way, protecting the public.” a written release calling Friday’s meeting stated.