A recent Chris Britt cartoon has ticked off a police organization in Bucks County Pennsylvania. The cartoon (above) is yet another one on the theme of how police are perceived by some members The Bensalem Police has demanded a full-page apology and say they’ll organize their own protest of the paper in the coming weeks.
The paper says if it known it was going to be controversial, they wouldn’t have run it.
“If we had recognized before publication that the cartoon would have caused unintended offense, our editors would have selected a different one for Sunday?s newspaper,? the statement attributed to community affairs director Amy Gianfranco read. “Editing a newspaper is not easy and we don?t always get it right.”
I can see an “oops, we didn’t think this cartoon through. Sorry.” But a “Oh, did we offend you? We shouldn’t have run that cartoon” discredits the newspaper’s role as a community watchdog. What if the local police DID do something wrong. Will the paper criticize it or is it too worried that it might offend certain community members?
The local TV news is going to interview Chris about the issue. I’ll post a link to it below when it becomes available.