LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Is race left out of police-shooting headlines when it is convenient?
Dec. 29th in The Journal Gazette there was an article entitled “Probe contradicts officer on shooting.” The Washington D.C. police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorcyclist never once mentioned the race of either the police or the motorcyclist. I have seen other articles of this same nature that never mentions the race of either party. Then you see the articles that emphasize that is was a white cop shooting blacks, even highlighting the fact of race. A large percentage of these kinds of incidences are a result of the offender not following police orders, no matter the race of either.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that all lives matter. Red and yellow, black, white and blue. I think the media likes to fuel the fire that stirs up unrest and tensions that escalate the problem. Media should not discriminate any race by naming them by race as police, civilians, offenders, or victims, as blue has many colors and so does the people that do not follow police orders.
— Roger Lindley, Fort Wayne