Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, called into Mike Trivisonno's show on WTAM yesterday to talk about police layoffs, violence downtown, and, of course, the Plain Dealer's recent coverage of the use of force by officers.
That series of articles by Henry Gomez and Gabriel Baird dug deep into the department and city's handling of the reports of those incidents, discrepancies and changes in those reports, and missing (but recently found!) video of one of those alleged incidents. Those articles led the department, the city, and Bill Mason to launch investigations. Solid journalism, from the initial reviews of public records to the follow-up on what became an Actual Story. (Their series of articles can be found here.)
That is not quite how Steve Loomis — whose job title, admittedly, demands he defend his cops — sees it.