Police Chief scolds reporters as Western movie ring tone sounds off by pure coincidence

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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- The Interim Police Chief of the Muskegon Heights Police Department had some firm words for reporters as he was updating them on the status of an on-going investigation.

Interim Police Chief Dr. Joseph Thomas was answering questions about two separate shootings that left four people injured near Muskegon Heights High School.  One shooting involved a sheriff's deputy.

Some of the questions did not sit well with Thomas, and he politely, but firmly made it abundantly clear to the entire group of reporters.  By sheer coincidence, a cell phone started ringing and the ring tone was none other than the iconic theme from the Clint Eastwood Western film, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." The phone that was ringing was the chief's phone. No audio was added to the press conference.

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  • Commonsense

    Media = idiots. Let the police do their jobs and leave the alone. It’s become a 3 ring circus to get a story. Heaven forbid its ever reported completely and accurately!

  • hopecd

    Thank you for posting this as it occurred. Other local news channels have “cleaned” the video up. I was so impressed at how this police chief stood up for his community and didn’t allow misreporting to rein based on a specific agenda. I have never seen someone stand up to the media with such poise and strength.

  • Bob

    You can’t blame the Police Chief for becoming angry. There are many reports today that try to make the news and not report it.

    I did an interview with WOOD a few years ago. When it aired WOOD had cut and chopped my comments to the point my response did not reflect the answer I gave them in the first place.

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