Posted on June 14, 2021

Newspaper Won’t Print Description of Black Male Suspect in Mass Shooting

James Anthony, The Post Millennial, June 12, 2021

The Austin American-Statesman, a liberal-leaning news outlet in Texas, published an article on the mass shooting that happened early Saturday morning, but refused to print the police’s description of the at-large black male suspect.

At least 14 victims were left injured. One suspect, described by local law enforcement as a slim black male with dreadlocks, escaped the scene.

“The Austin American-Statesman is not including the [police’s] description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes,” the editor’s note reads at the bottom of the article {snip}