In the wake of the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been a lot of conflicting information. Conflicting information about Brown’s interaction with the police, conflicting information about subsequent riots as the St. Louis black community attempts to deal with its rage and frustration, and conflicting information about how long they left Brown’s body lying at the scene of the crime, his blood running down the street.
But what does not seem to be conflicted is the mainstream media’s attempt to erase the victim. For instance, the Associated Press used the headline: “Missouri Crowd After Shooting: ‘Kill the Police’.”
[This] focuses instead on the most incendiary comment anyone heard at the scene….The only cited source stating the phrase “kill the police” in the AP story is the St. Louis County Police Department. It’s transparently obvious why the police would want the press to know they heard this phrase. This rhetoric, in their minds, justifies the outrageous over-reaction of the police force, including snarling K-9 units and paramilitary vehicles. The cops want the public to know these words were shouted, and they were afraid for their own safety.
We need objective journalism. At the very least, we need both sides of the story.
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