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Denver Police Use Social Media to Question KDVR Story about Alleged Police Brutality

The Denver Police department is using social media in an attempt to discredit a KDVR story that claims officers tried to destroy video evidence of alleged brutality during a drug arrest in August.

The department tweeted out a press release with the title in all caps, “ACCURACY MATTERS – KNOW THE FACTS…” claiming KDVR reporter Chris Halsne minimized or omitted facts they “believe are relevant and should have been provided to Fox 31′s audience as a part of a balanced, ethical, and un-biased news account.”

Halsne’s reports alleges Denver police threatened witness Levi Frasier and deleted video he took of police punching a prone suspect in the face multiple times, then knocking the suspect’s pregnant girlfriend to the ground after she tried to intervene. The Denver Post reports, the police say they never saw the video.

In the release, the police say among other things, Frasier told Halsne he “didn’t know if the officer deleted the video” and that he told officers at the scene they had “acted correctly.” The department goes on to say Frasier recently served a “lengthy sentence” in Michigan and has “six aliases.”

The Denver Police also say they should be given the right to check Frasier’s Samsung tablet to see if the video was, in fact, deleted, something they say KDVR didn’t do “prior to reporting the allegations in the sensational manner that they did.”

See the Denver Police Department’s tweet after the jump. Read more

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WRC Sets Plans for Northern Virginia Bureau

Last month, WRC announced plans to open more bureaus in the Washington, DC area. Now, the NBC O&O is releasing more details on the station’s plans for a Northern Virginia bureau, which is set to be fully operational before the end of the year.

Julie Carey (right) who has worked at WRC for 20 years, will be the bureau chief. Carey will be joined by photographer Sean Casey, a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia who has worked at WRC for 15 years.

WRC has also hired a new reporter, David Culver (left), who will be exclusively assigned to the bureau. Culver joins the station on December 17 after four years at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

“With our team is fully in place, viewers will see that News4 is the best source for news from Northern Virginia,” WRC president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “We are even better positioned to tell big stories that affect the region as well as those in local communities that impact neighborhoods.” Read more