Mediated descriptions of reality are tremendously important to the way the public – and policymakers – perceive the police. This article analyses how leading news outlets reported and commented on complaints against the Norwegian police in 2005-2008. The study is based on content analyses of press and television coverage, with special emphasis on a publicly debated police action where a student of African heritage lost his life. In most cases the news coverage of the police and the investigators of the police is event-driven, and the picture of the police seldom points to institutional or organisational matters. The story is too often one about individual wrongdoings alone. Unfortunately, such media pictures matter and influence policy decisions, especially when they become the point of departure for political debate.