Police Designation Limited Media Access in San Bruno

By Andrew Gauthier 

SF Weekly

It would be hard to begrudge San Bruno police for moving to keep non-emergency personnel out of the neighborhood impacted by last week’s blast and fire. On Friday, police declared the incinerated areas a “crime scene,” which severely restricted access.

Again, a hard move to bemoan. And yet, by using the designation “crime” and not “disaster,” media access to the neighborhood has been largely curtailed.

Police could have kept gawkers, looters, and others out of the area without using the “crime scene” designation. More…