Why Did The Police Shooting of Michael Brown Receive National Attention While The Police Shooting of Samantha Ramsey Did Not?
Victim: Samantha Rasey
Age (at time of death): 19
Brief synopsis of incident: The victim was with friends and was shot multiple times and killed after a questionable incident with a White police officer who claimed to have feared for his life. Most people in the United States and much of the Western world have probably never even heard of the shooting death of Samantha Ramsey. You can read about the case here and view the picture of the scratch Officer Brockman received on his foot which made him fear for his life and the lives of others.
Victim: Michael Brown
Age (at time of death): 18
Brief synopsis of incident: The victim was with a friend and was shot multiple and killed after a questionable encounter with a White police officer who claimed to have feared for his life. Most people in the Western world now know many details about the case, but for comparison’s sake, you can read a timeline here.
A Google News search for “Samantha Ramsey,” conducted on November 27, 2014 yielded only about 11,800 results. A Google News search for for “Michael Brown,” conducted on November 27, 2014 yielded about 179,000,000 results, or just over 150% more online news coverage. The White House released a statement on behalf of President Obama himself over the shooting death of Michael Brown, but there was no statement by the White House for the shooting death of Samantha Ramsey. Conclusion Obviously, there are problems with race, crime and police violence in America. However, due to the media’s selective reporting, their decisions to highlight specific incidents while downplaying and/or ignoring other incidents only highlights a truly sinister bias. One should question the obvious disparity in the coverage between the two events and begin to question why the people who control the media do what they do.