The Uvalde police are really bothering me

I’ve got nothing to say about their horrific bungling of the massacre in Uvalde that hasn’t already been said by someone smarter than me, really. But the lack of courage and empathy shown by those cops (who aren’t cooperating with the Texas state investigation into their failures, who have repeatedly made statements to the media that were later proven to be untrue, whose chief has said he won’t answer families’ questions till the families “quit grieving”), and the rampant dishonesty and impunity they’ve showed is very troubling to me.

Because my job kind of requires me to depend on the honesty of cops. Most of the information I get on the missing persons cases, comes from police. I don’t have much of a choice there.

So many times I’ve heard from families of missing people saying the cops don’t care, they tell untruths to the media about missing persons cases, the cops didn’t investigate the case and the family has had to do most of the legwork themselves.

I’m doing the best I can but I find myself sitting here wondering if I’m part of the problem too. And I don’t know how to fix it if I am.

3 thoughts on “The Uvalde police are really bothering me

  1. David June 1, 2022 / 7:45 pm

    No you are definitely part of the RESOLUTION, not part of the problem. Keep up the GREAT work

  2. lisabwatson June 2, 2022 / 12:54 pm

    You are absolutely not part of the problem! You provide a much needed resource for missing person and an easy to access database. Keep on keeping on!

  3. Adelhaide June 2, 2022 / 10:41 pm

    Hi Meghan, I agree that your work is part of the solution. You do so much good as a resource.

    In some case files you note when family disputes the law enforcement narrative and I think that’s a good way to handle it. Objectively presenting the different sides when information is disputed.

    (Along with the staggering number of cases, the reputable sources, neutral tone and factual content of the Charley Project is a big part of what makes it so uniquely valuable. And you do such a great job!)

    It’s a more challenging ethical question if for instance, you receive specific requests from law enforcement asking you to say, delete info from a certain case file, but it seems like the only thing to do in that situation is evaluate each request on a case by case basis. I think there’s no perfect solution, and perhaps no single all-encompassing version of the truth when we fallible humans are involved.

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