34 quotes from police officers, zero from protesters - in direct violation of their very own ethics standards

AP, Mercury News, SFBay, NBC Run Stories on Berkeley Protests, Quote Zero Protesters [updated]

34 quotes from police officers, zero from protesters - in direct violation of their very own ethics standards

From Erin Baldassri and Keith Burban via SFbay.ca:

Berkeley Eric Garner protests turn violent

small group of protestors began hurling bricks, pipes, smoke grenades and missiles at officers, police said...

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said...

[Police Spokeswoman] Coats said small splinter groups then broke from the peaceful demonstrators and began throwing rocks, pipes and bottles at officers...

[Police Spokeswoman] Coats said the groups went through several Berkeley neighborhoods and vandalized cars, broke windows and looted businesses...

Berkeley police Officer Byron White said on Twitter that the demonstrators also released gas into the crowd...

Berkeley police Officer Byron White tweeted: “So far, protesters have thrown sandbags, pipes, bricks, sideview mirrors, and smoke grenades at officers.”...

A California Highway Patrol officer said protesters did not make it onto the freeway...

BART officials said there are no delays in the system...

The demonstrations in Oakland were very peaceful and police said they did not even respond to the crowd...

An Oakland police watch commander said there were no reports...

Eventually, police arrested protesters on Market Street, but Officer Gordon Shyy said he would not be able to say...

San Francisco police responded to a report of a person who threw a large firecracker near a construction site in the unit block of Fifth Street during the demonstrations [Officer Gordon] Shyy said...

The firecracker detonated but no one was injured, [Officer Gordon] Shyy said...

[Officer Gordon] Shyy said the department’s bomb squad responded and handled the explosive at the scene...

Number of quotes from police departments:

14

Number of quotes from Berkeley protesters:

0

From the San Jose Mercury News's Rick Hurd:

Berkeley: Protests result in six arrests, four policeman injured

Six people were arrested, and three officers and a crime scene technician were injured after downtown protests Saturday night turned violent, police said...

Five adults and one juvenile were arrested, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, Officer Jennifer Coats said...

Police did not say immediately why they six were arrested or the possible charges they may face...

All of the officers injured are expected to be OK, police said....

One officer hit with a sandbag during the protests suffered a dislocated shoulder and was hospitalized, [Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats] said...

Protesters threw objects including pipes and bricks at police in riot gear, and several officers reported being hit with rocks and other projectiles,[Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats] said...

A brick hit one officer in the forearm and another in the finger, injuring both, police said...

Police did not say whether those three were hospitalized, nor did they have the extent of injuries to the three....

"Unfortunately, some in the crowd turned violent and threw rocks and other projectiles at officers," [Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer] Coats said...

Number of quotes from police departments:

9

Number of quotes from Berkeley protesters:

0

From Verena Dobnik of the AP - published everywhere from ABC News to The New York Times

Chokehold Death Protest Gets Violent in California

A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder after being hit with a sandbag, while another sustained minor injuries, police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said...

[Police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said] several businesses were looted and damaged when a splinter group broke off from the peaceful demonstration Saturday night...

At least six people had been arrested by the time the unrest ended early Sunday morning, Police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said...

Officers have said the outcry over the grand jury decision has left them feeling betrayed and demonized by everyone from the president and the mayor to throngs of protesters who scream at them on the street...

"Police officers feel like they are being thrown under the bus," said Patrick Lynch, president of the police union...

Number of quotes from police departments:

5

Number of quotes from Berkeley protesters:

0


According to the AP's statement on it's Values and Principles:


It means we must be fair. Whenever we portray someone in a negative light, we must make a real effort to obtain a response from that person.


While the article does quote Eric Garner's relatives, it makes no effort to actually interview any protesters, much less one in Berkeley. Yet this doesn't stop them from uncritically quoting Bay Area authorities a total of five times speaking specifically and very critically about said protesters. So my question to Ms. Dobnik is this: did you make a "real effort to obtain a response" from any of those Berkeley protestors you allowed Police Spokeswoman Ms. Coats to accuse of "smashing windows", "throwing objects at police", "looting businesses", "throwing rocks, bricks, bottles, pipes"?

From The Mercury News Ethics Policy

Whenever possible, the Bay Area News Group seeks opposing views and solicits responses from those whose conduct is questioned in news stories.

The San Jose Mercury News only quotes police and people who live in the neighborhood, not even bothering to find a sympathetic non-protester, much less an actual one. So my question to Rick Hurd is this: did you even try to "solicit responses" from the Berkeley protestors who were accused of "throwing sandbags, pipes, bricks, and other projectiles", injuring several police officers, looting, and fighting?

How is this type of government stenography not in obvious violation of both the AP and San Jose Mercury News's ethical standards? That millions of Americans woke up this morning only to read literally one side of the story of Berkeley's unrest is a shame, that they did so in glaring contradiction to the media's very own standards is border-line journalistic malpractice.

UPDATE: Dec 7 2014 8:50pm

We can add NBC News's Cassandra Vinograd to the mix:

Cops Injured as Berkeley Protests Over Eric Garner Death Turn Violent

protesters smashing windows and hurling rocks at cops, according to authorities...

Berkeley Police said officers used smoke and tear gas after crowds refused to disperse...

What started out as a peaceful protest devolved into chaos when "splinter groups broke off and began hurling bricks, pipe, smoke grenades, and other missiles at officers," according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats...

[Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats] said six people were arrested in the melee...

[Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats] said "numerous officers" were struck and that one officer who was struck with a large sandbag was treated for a dislocated shoulder at a local hospital.

Protesters vandalized cars, smashing windows and looting businesses, according to [Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer] Coats

Number of quotes from police departments:

6

Number of quotes from Berkeley protesters:

0

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