Which of the following sounds like an unjustified homicide? “Police officer kills unarmed teen” or “Police officer kills violent man”?
The first, of course. That’s how many media outlets, including The News Tribune, repeatedly described the Michael Brown death (18-year-old). Ditto the Tony Robinson death in Madison (19-year-old).
Many assume that “unarmed” means harmless. Nonsense. Unarmed people can kill. An unarmed person can also attempt to wrest a gun from a police officer (as Brown did) and then use that gun. In 2002, King County Deputy Sheriff Richard Herzog was killed in this way.
That’s why the media should focus …