Police officer who killed Daunte Wright will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutor says

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That was fast! Wonder if it would have been different if she’d been a man instead...
I think the optics of the way it all played out hurt them significantly. First of all you have the George Floyd trial going on nearby, then you have a white police chief defending a white police officer for "accidentally" shooting yet another unarmed black man. They read the room like a wrecking ball on that one.
 

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Not that this isn’t upsetting in both this incident and frequency of similar incidents, but I feel the news is now going out of their way to find their weekly, if not daily, “white cop shoots black person” news story. Sometimes you read a story thinking it’s a current event until you read further and find out they are reporting on something that happened at some point within the last year but wasn’t heavily reported on at the time.

It’s starting to come off as extremely cynical outrage bait and the danger of that is it eventually becoming “Meh, what else is new” in public opinion. Soon cop killing and spree killer reporting will become just as missing from the national news as local street gang killings. It’s all just a part of living in America, not all that newsworthy.
 

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Not that this isn’t upsetting in both this incident and frequency of similar incidents, but I feel the news is now going out of their way to find their weekly, if not daily, “white cop shoots black person” news story. Sometimes you read a story thinking it’s a current event until you read further and find out they are reporting on something that happened at some point within the last year but wasn’t heavily reported on at the time.

It’s starting to come off as extremely cynical outrage bait and the danger of that is it eventually becoming “Meh, what else is new” in public opinion. Soon cop killing and spree killer reporting will become just as missing from the national news as local street gang killings. It’s all just a part of living in America, not all that newsworthy.
To be fair, if they would stop shooting unarmed black people then there wouldn't be so many stories to cover. The fact that anyone would not consider this news speaks to a larger problem.
 

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To be fair, if they would stop shooting unarmed black people then there wouldn't be so many stories to cover. The fact that anyone would not consider this news speaks to a larger problem.

And related to that, you have police unions or sometimes individual cops saying all this public outrage and possible reforms are going to make it harder to do their job. What are they saying, that their job is to shoot black people? The police side of this equation really need to be more vocal about these incidents and offer to be a part of the solution. “It wasn’t me” or just remaining silent to let the court system sort it out isn’t cutting it.
 

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Not that this isn’t upsetting in both this incident and frequency of similar incidents, but I feel the news is now going out of their way to find their weekly, if not daily, “white cop shoots black person” news story. Sometimes you read a story thinking it’s a current event until you read further and find out they are reporting on something that happened at some point within the last year but wasn’t heavily reported on at the time.

It’s starting to come off as extremely cynical outrage bait and the danger of that is it eventually becoming “Meh, what else is new” in public opinion. Soon cop killing and spree killer reporting will become just as missing from the national news as local street gang killings. It’s all just a part of living in America, not all that newsworthy.


The press reports what there is to report, no? At least around here if there's a shooting and the guns of cops are involved, it gets into the paper no matter who else is involved. One can choose to be outraged or not after reading about what happened but the job of the press is to report the news, not prejudge whether it will outrage people. I happen to think editors of newspapers nowadays think hard about how to present news of a shooting where police bullets are involved. Could be wrong about that, I guess, but there's a lot at stake for the community, the police and the press in how such incidents are reported.

OK this is a rural area with only a few cities of some size, so police shootings are relatively more rare. But for instance, last week or so there was a fatal shooting of a white person being confronted by two police officers during response to a domestic violence call involving an attack on a woman and her 2-yo child. Guy was armed with a knife and had already injured the woman's leg. He was shot in the back while on the ground and reaching for the child who was also on the ground nearby at the time. The state's attorney general is investigating the incident, which was recorded on police body cams. There was no way the paper was not going to report that incident with whatever was known at the time, no matter what anyone might "decide" it was about and whether it was justified or otherwise. The paper is responsible for its reporting, not for what armchair quarterbacks think of it.

 
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