Posts Tagged ‘HCSO’

Freedom of the press, not in Hillsborough County…

Our pal and Tampa Bay area news video stringer/photographer, Ryan French had a run in with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept this past Moday (4/18).

Mr. French had responded to a video call (ie: a media outlet requests video from said location and then pays for that video after the call is completed) involving a stabbing at a gas station and the later arrest of that stabbing suspect. While trying to film the arrested suspect (already detained and handcuffed), HCSO deputies would not allow French to film the area, citing that homeowners did not want their property filmed and that witnesses were in the camera shot (filming NEITHER of which is against the law and is protected by freedoms and speech and press). French, who was on a public street and out of the way of law enforcement, was only interested in getting video of the captured suspect (and not witnesses). Read the full story here

Watch below as a HCSO Lieutenant approaches French

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04 2011

Judge throws out defamation suit…

(from TampaBay.com) – A defamation lawsuit filed last year by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy against the owner of St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 and reporter Mike Deeson has ended with a summary judgment favoring Deeson and the station.

Back in 2009, Cpl. Steven Dickey sued Gannett Co. and Deeson, saying the reporter selectively edited video to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. His action contended WTSP’s story on the incident drew the officer unfairly into the controversy and led to global ridicule when the footage became a viral sensation on the Internet….Cont….

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09 2010

HCSO deputy sues WTSP/Mike Deeson…

(from TampaBay.com) – A deputy in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is suing the owner of Tampa’s WTSP and reporter Mike Deeson, saying the station aired a story unfairly edited to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. A lawyer for Cpl. Steven Dickey filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, seeking a judgment in excess of $15,000. His action contends WTSP’s story on the incident drew the officer unfairly into the controversy and led to global ridicule when the footage became a viral sensation on the Internet. The lawsuit accuses WTSP of deliberately editing video of the moment on Jan. 29 2008 when inmate Brian Sterner was hurled from his wheelchair, making it appear that Dickey participated and was laughing at Sterner’s difficulty….Cont…..

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11 2009

WTSP/HCSO make friends…

(from WTSP.com) – Management from WTSP/10 Connects met Thursday afternoon with Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and members of his staff to discuss his concerns over WTSP reporter Mike Deeson. Sheriff Gee, along with Chief Deputy Joe Docobo and Deputy Larry McKinnon of the Public Information Office met with 10 Connects General Manager Ken Tonning and News Director Darren Richards. In that meeting, Sheriff Gee expressed his concerns over several of Mike Deeson’s reports that were critical of the Sheriff’s Office. 10 Connects management listened to those concerns and is addressing them. This meeting took place after the Sheriff’s Office suspended contact with WTSP/10 Connects on Wednesday because they feel Mike Deeson has a personal vendetta against the Sheriff. In Thursday’s meeting, both the Sheriff’s Office and 10 Connects reached some common ground and the Sheriff has agreed to lift the suspension of contact.

After the meeting HCSO released the following statement…

Today Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee met with WTSP 10 Connects General Manager Ken Tonning and News Director Darren Richards. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office is confident they will address our concerns that were posted on 30th September’s media release. In light of WTSP’s cooperation, HCSO will rescind the suspension of contact and at this point will reserve any future comments pending the out come of WTSP’s internal review.

01

10 2009

HCSO to cut off WTSP…continued…

Thanks to loyal readers, Florida News Center has found another public admonishment of WTSP by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. In a 9/18/09 press release, the HCSO calls out WTSP and reporter Mike Deeson?for broadcasting?an “innacurate portrayal of the incident” cited in the release linked below.

Various media outlets have reported on an incident involving a citizen whose handgun was discovered inside his briefcase as he reported for jury duty at the Hillsborough County Courthouse.? On Thursday, one media outlet in particular, WTSP-10 Connects, chose to broadcast an inaccurate portrayal of the incident….Cont….

Of course the fur has been flying for a while now on both sides. WTSP/Mike Deeson claim that Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and the HCSO have been on their case for sometime now. In a Feb 2009, Deeson reported on how David Gee managed to earn $908,312 last year in outside income last year while other Sheriff’s in the area make around $150k. Deeson also raised questions about the worthiness of a $675,000 wall around the HCSO’s Ybor City headquarters.

Sources at WTSP and the HCSO tell Florida News Center that the fight is NOT over.? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for further developements.

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10 2009