RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yet more racist news reporting at the Lincoln Journal Star

The Lincoln Journal Star claims it has a policy of not publishing criminal suspect descriptions if the descriptions are 'generic'. Its real policy is not to publish suspect descriptions if the perpetrators are African American. I've documented this many times in the past, but here's one more data point. Today:
Two masked men robbed a south Lincoln cellphone store with a handgun and a stun gun Tuesday morning, police said. Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said the men, described as white and wearing baggy, dark clothing, entered Z Wireless at 2525 Pine Lake Road about 9:51 a.m.
That looks pretty darn generic, no? Let's contrast it with a recent convenience store armed robbery (February 20):
Two men robbed a gas station at gunpoint Thursday morning in northwest Lincoln, police said. The robbers, one of them armed with a rifle, went into Casey’s General Store, 2500 N.W. 12th St., about 5:30 a.m., Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said. They made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, but the two employees working at the time didn’t see where they went, Flood said.
...but maybe, you say, the police didn't have a description. Well, yes they did; this is from the KLKN-TV report of the same robbery
Authorities were called to the Casey's General Store near W. Cornhusker Hwy. and NW 12th street, a little after 5:30 this morning. Lincoln police say the suspects are described as two black males, one was wearing a black hat and black clothing. The other was dressed in gray clothing and dark shoes. Police say one of the men was armed with a gun.
How many instances need to be documented?
5:52 p.m.; after someone asked in the comments section why they only report the race of suspects if they're white, the LJS memory-holed the description. Heh heh heh.
Oops they did it again!
Scanner traffic said police were responding to a report that two white men in their late teens or early 20s with scruffy facial hair, wearing Nebraska sweatshirts and black sweatpants had tied up employees at Computer Hardware, 235 S. 70th St.

1 comment:

  1. Do you suppose that they're being coerced or intimidated by an outside force to do this? They seem defensive and evasive, like they know their policy is b.s.