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Chief has no right to remain silent

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase takes Police Chief Chris Ankeny of Lewiston to task for his new policy that cuts the public off from information from his office on weekends:

Chris Ankeny may well turn out to be one of Lewiston's most accomplished police chiefs.

Just the same, he's not good enough to hold himself - and his department - beyond the reach of public accountability.

Yet, that is precisely what Ankeny would pursue with his proposed 72-hour news blackout.

From noon Friday until noon Monday, neither you nor anyone else not carrying a badge will know what's drawing the cops' attention - and how or if they're responding. More here.

Question: Can you imagine how well received this idea would be if all law enforcement agencies in Idaho decided to follow suit?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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