CNN Edits Police Shooting Victim’s Sister’s Call For Violence, Makes It a Call for Peace
CNN aired a clip of the sister of police shooting victim Sylville Smith that appeared to show her calling for peace following the violent Milwaukee riot, when she actually was calling for violence to continue elsewhere.
The network reported that Sherelle Smith was “calling for peace,” and aired a clip where she appeared to do so. “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here,” she pleaded.
But video captured of the same vigil by a Twitter user reveals that Smith’s message wasn’t “don’t bring the violence” as much as it was “don’t bring the violence here.”
— DeeconX (@DeeconX) August 15, 2016
“Burning down shit ain’t going to help nothing!” Smith told the assembled protesters and reporters. “Y’all burning down shit we need in our community.”
“Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down!” she said. “We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it, but we need it.”
UPDATE (2:25 PM ET): When reached for comment, CNN told Mediaite that, “An earlier version of this story mischaracterized what the victim’s sister was trying to convey. She was calling for peace in her community, urging the protesters to go elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, the version of the segment posted to CNN.com has been updated to include Smith’s comments about burning down the suburbs. The narration no longer claims that Smith was “calling for peace,” and instead says she said that “the violence only hurt her community, and to take it elsewhere.”
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