Police ‘Regret’ Airing of Shooter’s Video
Posted on Apr 19, 2007
The superintendent of the Virginia state police has politely criticized NBC for airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s video diatribe. The head of NBC News defended the decision to broadcast the footage, saying: “I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand why this happened, but I do think this is as close as we’ll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer.”
Speaking at Virginia Tech, Steve Flaherty, superintendent of Virginia State Police, said he appreciated NBC’s co-operation, but regretted the decision to broadcast the tapes.
“A lot of folks saw images that were very disturbing,” he told a news conference.
“This is a kind of image that people in my line of work have to see, and I’m worried that people who are not used to seeing them had to see them,” he said.