“CNN is run by apologists for brutality,” tweeted Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld. Stephen L. Miller, a blogger who appeared on Fox News, tweeted: “Just an oopsy. Great job CNN.” Gina Bontempo, who heads conservative expert Candace Owen, actually used the phrase “black privilege” in her critiques. “Black privilege = the brutal murder of an innocent man in the street and the MSM calling him an ‘accident’, with no mention of race in sight,” she tweeted. What commentators, however, did not do in their initial reactions to CNN’s coverage was mention the people actually affected by Anwar’s death.
“Words cannot describe how our family is feeling now, ”one article reads on a GoFundMe page organized by Lehra Bogino, Anwar’s niece. “Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, grief and anguish are just a few that come to mind. We will always carry it with us, but that doesn’t take away the pain of losing it so tragically and unexpectedly soon.
Police officers were dispatched to an area of DC near Nationals Park around 4:30 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department said in a report. Press release. “Upon arrival, the members located an adult male with life-threatening injuries,” police said. “DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. was declared dead. “The suspects in Anwar’s death were arrested on Tuesday and charged with murder and armed carjacking.
A disgusting video of the witness of the encounter circulated on social media, but I refrain from sharing the footage in light of multiple social media requests not to. In one of those requests on Twitter from @itsayaaani, the mental health advocate tweeted: “His last moment on earth was sufficiently dehumanizing. No one deserves to die providing for their family. Protect their legacy and the heart of his family by not exposing them to further trauma. May Allah grant him Jannah and strengthen his loved ones, Aameen. “
Reporter Andrew Feinberg tweeted: “I saw the video of this incident. It’s horrible. But if you’re mad at @CNN for using the word ‘accident’ you should probably give the victim’s gofundme, turn off your phone and hug your spouse / kids / dog instead of being angry in line. “
Tareq Tamr, a young director of the marketing team at the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, tweeted that he is “heartbroken”. “I really don’t recommend searching for the video, ”he said. “I came across the video without being warned and it was extremely upsetting. Please don’t like it or share it without warning. Please keep our brother Mohammad and his family in your duaa.
Frankish public defenders offered another point of view on social media on Sunday. Lawyer Scott Hechinger tweeted: “When I hear about a 13 and 15 year old accused of murder: I don’t think ‘killer’. I think ‘child’. I don’t think ‘punishment’. I think ‘help’. I don’t think so. not think of “murder”. I think “tragedy” for all. We can seek justice for Mohammad Anwar without calling the head of young black girls. “
Rebecca Kavanagh, Criminal Defense Lawyer, tweeted: “There are certainly issues of race and racism here – but not the ones that the right-wing media and commentators try to exploit.”
“And please don’t tell me not to call the children involved in the death of the Uber driver, the children.” That’s right. They are 13 and 15 years old. That hardly makes a teenager. The man who killed 8 people in Atlanta has been called a ‘suburban white kid’ by @thedailybeast, ”Kavanagh added.
She said in another tweet: “So many people speak to themselves by casually mentioning the race of children in their review of CNN’s word choice here. The lawyer called the video of Anwar’s death “horrific”. “Would people so easily share a similar video of a white person?” Kavanagh request. “No of course not. White bodies are always a blur if they are shown at all – we saw this in the coverage of the Boulder shooting.
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