As editor of, one of the toughest choices I face each day is what to do about crime coverage.

For most folks, the threat of crime is a sad reality. And far too often, a disproportionate number of those street offenses are committed by young black males.

I recently asked some readers how we should handle crime coverage. The consensus was clear: Keep it off the home page unless it’s a major event.

“We have enough negative images of black men,” one reader said.

I got the message. Still, we want to reflect the reality of our community, and that means some level of crime coverage.

Earlier this week we started a new feature on the News page called “Police Blotter.” It’s a seven-day log of criminal activity reported by CMPD and other local law enforcement agencies.

Let me know what you think. Did we strike the right balance?

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