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Media Bias in Chicago Seatbelt Violation Exposed

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  • 26-year-old Dexter Reed was killed by police in Chicago on March 21, after he reportedly fired at officers first during a traffic stop.
  • The Chicago Office of Police Accountability’s preliminary investigation indicates that Reed shot at police, injuring one officer and discharging at least 11 rounds.
  • There is ongoing criticism over the perceived unfair portrayal of the incident in various media outlets. The focus has been on the police’s use of force without mentioning that Reed fired first until several paragraphs into their coverage.

On March 21, 26-year-old Dexter Reed was shot and killed by police in Chicago during a routine traffic stop for a reported seatbelt violation. The confrontation escalated when Reed locked himself in his vehicle and allegedly opened fire on the police officers, forcing them to retreat from the vehicle.

According to the initial investigation conducted by the civilian-operated Chicago Office of Police Accountability, Reed was the first to fire, injuring an officer and discharging at least 11 rounds at the police. The accountability report stated that a “review of video footage and initial reports appears to confirm that Mr. Reed fired first, striking the officer and four officers returned fire.”

The incident attracted widespread media attention; however, criticism has emerged over the perceived skewed narrative by various media outlets. Much of the coverage focused on the number of shots fired by police in response to Reed’s actions and complaints of excessive force, with less attention paid to the indications that Reed fired at police first.

Several headlines emphasized the number of shots fired by the police, and the narrative that a seatbelt violation led to a fatal shooting. In some articles, the investigators’ findings that Reed fired first was not mentioned until several paragraphs in. Details about Reed’s charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with a revoked card were also omitted from some coverage.

There has been swift criticism of the media’s portrayal of the incident, with accusations of promoting unrest. Many have pointed out the delayed mention of the crucial fact that Reed fired on police officers first, injuring one.

The shooting involving Reed is still under review by the Chicago Police and the civilian police review board, to determine whether the police’s use of force was justified.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. lou

    April 16, 2024 at 6:47 am

    Agreed, reading several accounts and the important fact of who fired first was buried. Other leading facts depended upon police aggression, including the number of police shots.

  2. Robert Haggerton

    April 16, 2024 at 7:01 am

    The Fake Propaganda News Media will always drive a fake narrative to incite riots or chaos! That’s their job to disrupt and further the cause of Marxism, communism Stalinism in our once great nation! They ARE the poison in Amerika in order to establish a New World Order – out with the old and in with the new! Americans better wake up and wake up fast!!! Face reality of this madness!

  3. John

    April 16, 2024 at 7:09 am

    Suspect shot at the officers first SHOULD have been mentioned in the article at the very begining. Multiple shots by the police should not have been taken, unfortunately since the window was rolled up, the police had no noton what to expect was going on inside the car. Officer(s) safety first was their concern. To me as an officer, “better him than me”. Moral of the article, the deceased should have followed the three C’s when stopped by law enforcement, “Calm, Comply, Cooperate”. If he had nothing to fear, he would have cooperated and gotten only a “no seatbelt” violation. He never let the officer(s) give him the reason he was stopped, rolled up the window and fired his weapon first. More than likely, the deceased probably had a warrant out on him or he was carrying a concealed weapon as a convicted felon, therefore was defiant.

  4. Joe T

    April 16, 2024 at 7:35 am

    Typical media bias and pushing their own agendas! Bottom line, Reed fired first and injured a police officer and continued to fire 11 more rounds of ammunition! REED forced the shooting and deadly force was necessary! Deadly force is deadly force, it doesn’t matter if Reed was killed with one bullet or a hundred! He signed his own death certificate when he fired upon the officers and injured one! The police were TOTALLY justified and had a duty to stop this individual in his tracks to keep him from injuring or killing anyone else!

  5. Lisa

    April 16, 2024 at 9:17 am

    WTF is new? that is the fake news media LYING, not omitting but LYING….FUKK FAKE NEWS

  6. melvin torborg

    April 16, 2024 at 9:27 am

    n my opion,if the police at shot at first, all bets are off.they have the right and duty to return fire and lots of it. just to nuturlize the situation.

  7. Bob Kirin

    April 16, 2024 at 11:07 am

    Its all predictable. Victim is a black man and police are the enemy. If that was a white man there would hardly a mention in a fake media! When a black man shot, and killed, neighbors kid riding a bike in front of his parents house, there was hardly a mention in fake media! Why??? Because it was black killing white, that is why!!!! If black man kills another black, like in Chicago, that also is OK with media and other blacks. Why??? Because black kids are thought to hate whites at home and to some extent in schools!

  8. Bob

    April 16, 2024 at 11:26 am

    Play stupid games,win stupid prizes! Seems like we have a segment of society that just doesn’t have any common sense whatsoever. And then they want to blame the authorities for their own ignorance. I say good riddance, one less idiot to breed and raise more of them.

  9. tanika eurica doss

    April 17, 2024 at 8:45 am

    shoot more of them

  10. Joseph Kinge

    May 13, 2024 at 3:35 am

    Why would the police have to fire 96 bullets at this guy, even if he fired first? Seems like these cops need to go back to the firing range and learn how to shoot straight!!! Sounds to me like they panicked!!

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