Whenever a white police officer is accused of wronging a black citizen, ABC News is quick to note the race of the officer and of the victim, either in the headline, or in the first sentence of the story. For example:
The decision came after an internal investigation done by the police department over the summer, authorities said during a news conference Tuesday.
A Pittsburgh jury acquitted a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the back last summer as the young man fled a traffic stop. Video of the incident captured by a local resident and posted online went viral and led to weeks of demonstrations.
But when the officer in question is black, and his victim white, ABC News does not see fit to mention race at all. Hence, this story:
A Florida officer was arrested on Tuesday after video appeared to show him slamming a female student to the ground at a school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Surveillance footage released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Willard Miller, who was working as a school resource officer at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach, grabbing a 15-year-old student by the neck and throwing her to the ground.
Though it’s obvious, from the video, that the offending officer is black, and his victim white, nowhere is this fact mentioned in the story.
Kudos to the Broward Sheriff’s Office for swiftly condemning this action, and holding the offending officer accountable.
Shame on ABC News for continuing to feed propaganda to the American public under the guise of “news.”