The Orlando Police department is demanding an apology and a correction for some reporting related to a double shooting Monday night.
During his 5pm liveshot, WFTV reporter Christopher Heath held up a police document and reported that two of the victims, a teenager named Jonathan Cook and a woman named Khoy Williams had criminal records. “Mr. Cook had one incident. Khoy Williams had an extensive criminal history including drug charges and prostitution charges,” reported Heath.
But Orlando PD says that’s not right, and says the station showed the wrong picture of Williams. Writes Orlando PD public information officer Sergeant Jim Young:
This story has caused not only distraught for the victims families, but has also potentially jeopardized the investigation. The family is extremely upset that WFTV has stated their daughter had a criminal history and stated what that history was, which is not true of the victim.
Young is requesting an apology as well as on air and online corrections. “It is irresponsible reporting to mislead the public and provide them wrong information,” he writes.
WFTV did add this note to the end of the online version of the story: “WFTV incorrectly identified that Williams had a criminal history, but she did not. WFTV apologizes for the error.”
> More: An on-air correction came during today’s Noon newscast: “We reported that Williams had a criminal history. She did not have a criminal history. Channel 9 regrets the error.”
“If we make a mistake we correct it as quickly as possible,” news director Matt Parcell tells TVSpy.
Young’s letter, after the jump…