I use to work for Hews Media Group here in Cerritos. Those days are long past and in my rear view mirrror. Today Kevin McClure, the Chief of Police in Montebello issued a stunning statement to every media member in America denouncing Brian Hews.
I will no longer sit on the sidelines regarding this publication.
I congratulate the Chief of Police of the City of Montebello for taking this highly unusual move by "calling like it is."
Here is the Statement....unedited....
Open Letter to Hews Media Group Seeking Retraction of Inaccurate Reports
To Whom It May Concern:
I just returned from a conference of the International Association
of Chiefs of Police and learned of recent inaccurate reports in articles
by the Hews Media Group that I was, a) interviewed about crime rates in
the City of Montebello, b) contradicted the Mayor in the interview, and
c) had an argument/confrontation with the Mayor about a campaign ad.
It is important that the residents and businesses of the City of
Montebello know that they can trust as accurate and impartial the
information disseminated by the Office of the Chief of Police. The
sharing of accurate information is critical to efficient
police/community relations. The information recently published by the
Hews Media Group regarding an interview of me, alleged statements by me
in the supposed interview, and an argument/confrontation I allegedly had
with the Mayor is inaccurate. I respectfully request that the Hews
Media Group retract the reports.
The FBI collects crime statistics from law enforcement agencies
across the United States yearly and the City of Montebello reports our
figures as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The
Police Department provides these statistics annually and the numbers
reflect the previous year’s crime statistics. In February 2015 when the
Police Department released our crime statistics which reflect 2014
crimes information, the city showed an 18% decrease in crime.
Nevertheless, in Montebello and throughout California, we are facing a
serious public safety threat as the result of Proposition 47, which
supporters said would “improve public safety” and reduce state prison
overcrowding by reclassifying many felonies as misdemeanors, allowing
police officers to concentrate on violent crimes. California
prosecutors and law enforcement officials had well-founded concerns
about Prop. 47 and, when the City next reports crime figures in February
2016, the figures will most likely show an unfortunate increase in
certain crime rates due in large part to the effects of Prop. 47.
I invite residents and businesses seeking accurate information
regarding the Montebello Police Department to find it at the Police
Department’s website (http://www.cityofmontebello.com/depts/police/community_alerts.asp) or contact my office.
Chief of Police
Montebello Police Department
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Montebello Police Chief Slams Brian Hews Media in Stinging Press Statement
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