The police shot a white man; no need for a riot – officer of law

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PORTLAND, Oregon. – An Oregon newspaper included the race of a white man fatally shot by police in its media coverage, then clarified that describing his race was important “in light of the social unrest caused by the police shootings against black people ”.

“Recent shootings include Daunte Wright, who was killed by police in a suburb of Minneapolis earlier this week, and two murders in Clark County in recent months,” the newspaper explained, signaling that the deadly shootings have sparked riots, looting and other destruction as reported by The Federalist.

Hours after its publication, however, The Oregonian deleted the paragraph stating that the original statement was “poorly worded”.

“We included information in a previous tweet as to why we identified the victim’s race which was poorly worded. It was not intended to minimize what had happened, but only to provide context. We don’t usually identify race in news reports, but we often do when reporting police shootings, ”the newspaper’s clarifying tweet said.

Originally, The Oregonian reported that Portland police shot dead a white man in his 30s on Friday morning after receiving calls that someone in a public park had a gun. The race of man, according to the newspaper, was important because of the current social climate. Rather, the new paragraph states that “there have been several high-level fatal shootings against black men,” but “the victim in this case was a white male in his thirties.”

Despite the Oregonian’s attempt to frame the story and include the human race to avoid “social unrest,” crowds still gathered at the park on Friday to condemn the deadly shooting. Their calls for “justice now,” according to The Oregonian, were met by “a dozen officers who had donned riot gear.”

“Police told protesters over loudspeakers to leave the area or risk arrest,” The Oregonian reported.

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