The San Antonio Observer responded to backlash Sunday by walking back its threat to publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the city.
Stephanie Zarriello, the Observer’s publisher and editor-in-chief, made the strongly worded threat while speaking Saturday at a news conference following the death of Antronie Scott, an unarmed man shot and killed by an SAPD officer, a local Fox affiliate reported.
“We at the San Antonio Observer newspaper are looking into the future prospects of publicizing the names and the addresses of all San Antonio Police Department officers in order to protect our community,” Ms. Zarriello said. “For just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the community from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to that exact same level of protection from the catastrophic consequences which are a result from coming into contact with a psychopathic police officer.”
The statement caused swift backlash, and Ms. Zarriello was forced to clarify Sunday that the Observer has no plans to follow through with the threat. She said she only meant to “make an officer think twice before shooting so fast and killing an unarmed person,” Fox reported.
The Observer and its small staff were overwhelmed with phone calls — including some death threats — from across the country, Ms. Zarriello said. Many on social media suggested publishing her address, Fox reported.