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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Farmington Hills police hide identities

Farmington Hills police told The Oakland Press and other media outlets that they would not report the names of the victims of this weekend's murder-suicide of a man and his son, Bruce Serven, 34, and Lucas Serven, who was just 22 months old when his father shot him.

Why, I wonder, would Farmington Hills reverse policy and not offer the names of deceased members of the community?

They have released names before, including of minors and of domestic violence victims.

Of course, in this case, it appears that officers waited outside for 3 hours after the shots were fired. I wonder if a life could have been saved.

Well, I wondered enough to check, and according to medical examiner's staff, nothing could have saved the child once he was shot in the chest. A tragedy, such a shame.

But don't minimize the death by protecting the name of the father and hoping the story goes away.

Law enforcement is supposed to provide detached professionalism, so please just share the information with your community and don't try to act as public censor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you go into a little more detail? Write it as if the reader has no idea what the story is about. Because frankly, I don't know what in hell you are talking about. Read your story again, pretending you don't know a thing about it. Then repost with the details to make it worth reading.

October 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM 
Blogger Stephen Frye said...

Sorry, forgot the links to the prior and newer stories on this case. Not many details are available. There's a decent follow up in the Detroit Free Press, found here: — where they talk to the man's first wife.

October 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why you think they are trying to protect the name of the father?

October 28, 2011 at 1:30 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are not protecting the father. It seems there are missing details. Therefore it would seem they are protecting themselves. Reading articles posted online, there are certainly holes in all the stories. And some information has been falsely reported.

November 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe they were just protecting the mother's identity? No no, that surely couldn't have been the case.

December 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM 

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