Well, if you read deep into the Herald's story about yesterday's murder in Needham, you will quickly discover the man at the business end of the State Police automatic weapon has nothing to do with the murder they were investigating.
The Page One caption reads: A state police trooper trains his gun on a man he takes into custody at a Needham Center pizza parlor yesterday afternoon.
Seems like the Staties got their man, right?
Not if you read all the way to the end of the story:
This is not a slap at police, justifiably nervous town residents or the reporters who obviously did their job correctly.
In the other incident, police descended on downtown Needham with weapons drawn and arrested a man after a report of a person with a gun. Employees at the CVS next door locked up after a person ran in and said someone had a gun.
At Stone Hearth Pizza, a manager called the cops after a “very agitated” man came in, ordered a pizza with peppers and mushrooms, paced back and forth and changed his clothes in the shop’s bathroom.
A server calmly walked over to the shop’s only customers, a mother and son, and ushered them out. The shop’s eight employees safely left before the cops surrounded the shop.
Sources said there likely will be no charges against the man taken into custody at the pizza parlor. Sources said no gun was found, and investigators found no evidence of a crime.
But it is a question for Herald editors: why did you decide to run a picture, clearly identifying a "very agitated" man who, as a result of your own reporters work, you knew had no gun and probably committed no crime -- certainly not the crime that had Needham upset and angry and was the focus of your story.
And don't tell me the weasel words "downtown standoff" justify improperly linking someone who picked the wrong place and wrong to order a pizza with an unrelated murder.
Sometime ethics trumps a good picture. Heck, ethics ALWAYS trumps a good picture.