Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Innocent Bystander?
This is another sad story of a 17-year-old girl, a mother of an 18-month-old child, gunned down in the streets of Cincinnati. I have a problem with one way in which this tragic situation has been phrased in the media. She has been characterized as an innocent bystander. She may very well have been innocent, but she was not a bystander. She was in a car and police have reported stated that the male driving the car was the target of the shooter. This should in no way take away from the tragedy of this incident. Instead this is an issue for the media. They either created this characteristic of the victim or they took the words of a police officer who early on determined that, but after additional investigation would have realized that calling her a bystander was not the best description. Here are the various reports:
Girl, 17, killed while holding child - Enquirer
1 dead in 3 shootings - Cincinnati Post
Search Continues For Teen's Alleged Killer - WLWT-NBC
West End To Add Street Security -WKRC-CBS

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