Just a couple of days ago I commented on a story about a police suspect that was described as Hispanic or Native American one day and then the next was simply a male. Brett Bonner of KGMI set me straight on their policy of reporting race, age, weight, height, clothing etc. when police are seeking a subject.
Yesterday an assault happened on a 13 year old boy. I heard it on KGMI and as before they gave a description of the suspects and the situation. My mind is not like a trap, but this is the gist of the story.
- A car stopped, several guys got out and started beating a teen who was walking home.
- They were young Hispanic males as described by the victim
- The vehicle was a late 80′s silver & blue Blazer with a rear mounted spare. There was also loud Hispanic music coming from the Vehicle.
That’s a pretty decent description that will help the public and the sheriffs to find the guys. However, if you were listening to music rather than talk radio yesterday you might be reading the story in the Herald this morning and you would be read a lame description of the suspects just like you did in the other story from a few days ago.
when several people got out of an SUV that was parked nearby and assaulted him
The attackers were in a vehicle described as a blue and gray 1980s-vintage Chevrolet Blazer with tinted windows and a spare tire mounted on the back,
Witnesses and the victim said they appeared to be teens.
Did the suspects loose their ethnicity over night? Was it a mistake in the first place?
I wonder if the SUV has feelings that might be hurt now that it’s race and age are being spread all over the county? How will this affect other SUVs, especially the silver/gray and blue ones? Will they be singled out merely because they look like a Blazer? I am obviously joking about the car, but I am not about the suspects. Why didn’t the Herald print an accurate make and model on the human suspects, bu they are more than willing to do it on cars? I guess I’ll send a question in to them and see what happens.
It would seem that in the interest of both public safety and criminal apprehension that we would all want the most accurate timely descriptions.Tags: Local Issues, Media Issues