In response to the news release of the non-responsive statement of SPBD Chief Cam Sanchez regarding Tony Denunzio, the citizen accused and brutally beaten:
If the [dashboard video camera] of the incident even remotely supported the police propaganda contained within today’s press release, it would have already been released to the television media for public viewing. There is no legal or ethical reason for doing anything but releasing the complete audio/video of the cruiser into tonight’s television media. The SBPD has a history of releasing video into the media even before a pending case is filed. They almost always do it when it helps their case.
The fact that it has not been released, coupled with the carefully written media spun press release of this morning says it all. Chief Cam Sanchez does not need to say a word. He was not there. He needs to release the complete audio/video from the cruiser to be aired publicly on the news at 6:00 pm tonight. We the public do not need to take his, or any officer’s word when we can instead watch and listen with our own ears and eyes as if we were there. Santa Barbara wants to know the truth about this incident, and it wants to know sooner, not later. The good citizens of Santa Barbara deserve nothing less from their Police and its chief.
I, and the rest of the public will watch the local television news tonight to see if the actions of the police match their words.