Sometimes Details Matter


A local news story in Durham included the following description, courtesy WRAL-TV:

The suspect is a man described as 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build. He was in his late 30s, had no facial hair, short to medium hair and was wearing a black sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. Police do not believe he is a student.
WTVD-TV provided this description:

The suspect is described as standing 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build. He was reportedly in his late 30s, clean-shaven, with short to medium hair. The victim told police the suspect was wearing a black sweatshirt with white lettering on the front and dark blue jeans.

Duke Today (Duke University) was more helpful, perhaps thinking that additional information would be important to identifying the suspect:

The suspect is described as a black male, 6-feet, thin to medium build, late 30’s, clean shaven, short to medium hair, black sweat shirt, dark blue jeans. Armed with knife and taser.

Of course, both of the TV news reports were based upon the same press release from the Duke University Police.  Each detail is in the same order.  In both cases, the race of the suspect was apparently edited out of the stories.  

In this particular case, keeping people safe from an attacker who cut a woman with a knife and used a taser during a robbery…takes second place to other considerations. She needed stitches to her hands but will be otherwise okay.  

The comments section at WTVD is filling up with folks pointing out the omission. 

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