Police Confronts Reporters Seeking Interview at Rape Victim's House

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News Channel 5 Cleveland dispatched two reporters to the house of a rape victim on June 26th. They sought to interview her after the arrest of her rapist, who committed a particularly brutal attack. She didn’t welcome the arrival of TV news media at her house and called the cops in Newburgh Heights. Police Chief John T. Majoy on Sunday posted to Facebook the body cam video of his interaction with the reporters from Channel 5 at the scene. “So News 5 shows up to the house of a rape victim,” Majoy said in the video, before asking them why, noting that he’s never in his two decade-plus career had a news station show up at the house of a rape victim, and asking them which of their managers gave them the assignment. He tells them they’re on body camera and that he will be sharing the video publicly. “I’m without words, extreme displeasure,” Majoy said. The video was posted and quickly drew a predictable response from online commenters who joined in lambasting the media and, as Channel 5 news director Jeff Harris would later tell Chief Majoy, making threats. It was removed from Facebook earlier this week and replaced with a message from the chief. Multiple sources have told Scene that two assigning editors at the station have been fired over the incident.

Jeff Harris didn’t respond to a request for comment. Majoy, in a conversation Friday afternoon with Scene, defended his actions, though he said he recommended a simple reprimand for the employees, not a dismissal. “I’m sorry to hear [they were fired],” he said. Asked about the public purpose of sharing the video, especially in a climate where journalists face very real online and in-person threats, Majoy it wasn’t about public shaming. “The public purpose is a greater awareness to let everyone know that the victim of a crime should not be subjected to that type of behavior,” he said. “She called the police. She was afraid. That’s why we were there. There’s a lapse in judgment on their part. If they would have contacted us and said they were interested in talking to the victim — some victims may want to share their story — we could have tried to bridge that gap. I think that would have been a more appropriate way.” Asked if a direct line of private communication between his office and Channel 5 would have been a more appropriate way for him to handle his side of the situation, Majoy defended his actions. “No,” he said. Majoy did emphasize that it was disturbing that anyone crossed a line with online threats toward the station. News Director Jeff Harris is actually on his way out of the gig for unrelated reasons. He’s taken a job as News Director for CBS WBBM in Chicago.

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43 thoughts on “Police Confronts Reporters Seeking Interview at Rape Victim's House

  1. I mean, did the family allow the reporter to interview her and he showed up or did he come unannounced??? He was on the property so I’m confused. Either way, he’s a douche for thinking it was a good idea

  2. I might want the news to show up so I could give them a description of the perp so maybe they could share details with their viewers. Not like the police are gonna try to catch the rapist. Cop needs to get off his high horse. Maybe the news station should do a story on his Police Dept's conviction rate for sexual crimes. Probably piss poor I'd bet.

  3. Good for this LEO! I was shocked that these people were trying to interview a rap victim and showing up to that victims home. I don't know why it surprises me, it's the media and the media doesn't give a damn about anything than getting their story and then figure out how to use it to feed their agendas. Sick!

  4. Leave victims alone go screw over the the criminals. This was beyond idiotic but this is what the media does, some push boundaries that should never be touched or even looked at. I personally love watching police bodycam footage. If you want info on stuff you can more than likely contact whoever is in charge of the investigations. Also if you don't like a news station just don't watch it, they will eventually learn they are dirt bags by the fall in viewership. Threatening people on the news (or other public platforms) is dumb but public outrage over their dumbasses is totally encouraged.

  5. Since when does ANYONE think the media cares ? They don’t give a shit about ANYTHING but themselves and their bulkshit stories . They even LOVE fabricating stories . The media should be defunded and shut down

  6. This is why is like ddstv its real news of really important cases and its un edited so you get to see what happened and make your own decions about cases

  7. In a climate where journalists face threats? Are you kidding me? How about in a climate where "journalists" are constantly lying to the public and trying to sensationalize stories for their own personal gain? If they don't want to face threats, they should be honest, and decent in the way they do their jobs! Otherwise they are victimizing all of us, as a society.

  8. I AGREE WITH THE COP BUT THAT BEING SAID. IF THATS THE WORST THING U HAVE SEEN A REPORTER DO…. LETS THINK ABOUT THE WORST THINGS POLICE DO EVERYDAY. FUCK BOTH THE REPORTERS AND THE COPS

  9. Stop remining the RAPE VICTIM, that she's a RAPE VICTIM. Now we are outside talking about the RAPE VICTIM who is a VICTIM OF RAPE outside for all the neighbors to hear.

    I liked the cop, but just kept saying it over and over!

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