Newspaper Won’t Describe Criminal Because of “Stereotypes”

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( – After a shooting of any kind, the public is usually key in assisting police to identify the criminal if the culprit is still on the run. Yet, one Texas newspaper refused to share a description provided by the police department of the likely shooter because it “could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes.”

On Saturday, June 12, one or more persons opened fire in the Austin, Texas Sixth Street entertainment district and wounded at least 14 people. As of Sunday evening, police had arrested one of the two suspects and released a description of the latter. However, one of the city’s most prominent newspapers, the Austin American-Statesman, reported on the story but did not include the description of the suspect, saying it was “too vague at this time to be useful.”

New York Times best selling author Andy Ngô shared more on Twitter:

So, rather than assisting local law enforcement and the public in their search for a likely mass shooter, the newspaper chose to only refer to the alleged criminal as “a person.” While there’s absolutely a time and a place to forgo personal descriptions of people, a mass shooting situation with a potential killer on the loose is not one of them.

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