Friday, August 2, 2013

Misleading Headlines for Fun & Profit

Right out of the official anti-gun playbook comes this headline:

Teenager Russell Rios Shot And Killed for Shoplifting By Off-Duty Police Officer In Texas

and the first paragraph:
A teenager suspected of shoplifting at Walmart was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Conroe, Texas, today.
Now most people will stop reading shortly after this leading to the usual inflammatory beliefs against Texas, Walmart, guns, 'Stand Your Ground', etc.

 but farther down in the story comes the truth:
“Once in the woods, the suspect and the officer became engaged in a very intense struggle, and at one point the officer was being choked by the suspect … to the extent that he thought he was going to lose consciousness,” said Sgt. Dorcy Riddle.
So this poor child (19yr old man really) was allegedly getting the better of a cop in a fight and got shot.  Of course he was a 'good boy'.
Family members say Rios graduated high school two years ago, got a job and seemed happy with his life. He was set to attend Lone Star College this fall.
Which explains why he was shoplifting and running from the police.

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1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Ah yes, the 'rest' of the story...