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Man shot in leg on Bleakley Street

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 9:52 PM
Last updated 10:27 PM
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Authorities say a man was hospitalized Tuesday after sustaining a gunshot wound to his leg.

About 6:15 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1600 block of Bleakley Street to check on an injured person, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, they found a black man who had sustained a gunshot wound to his left thigh. The victim was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

Police withheld the victim’s name and had not released a description of the suspect.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/06/13 - 05:50 am
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"Black Man"

We often comment that those involved in committing crimes are not identified by race, but, for the life of me, I don't know why someone who has been shot, an apparent victim, has to be identified as a "black man." That's not relevant to the story.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 11/06/13 - 10:29 am
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And...

...if you go to the Bureau of Justice statistics Web page, you can see that such a thing, sadly, can be assumed.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 11/06/13 - 01:45 pm
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Clueless as usual.... @Riverman

It IS relevant to the story. It is the account of what happened when responders arrived on the scene.

Hows this. "When we arrived on the scene at **(a non-disclosed location as to not offend the other residents of said location) we found a human person lying on the ground. To not offend anybody, we will not disclose said person's gender, race, hair color, or any other distinguishing features. So, if you have any human beings in your family, you can be assured that it is likely that the victim is related to you. Everybody panic!

ATTENTION: All future shooting victims. Please write your full name and address on your forehead using a black sharpie so when you are lying in a pool of blood on the ground, we can immediately refer to you by your name instead of your visual appearance. Thank you.

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KSL 11/06/13 - 01:48 pm
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Yet another leg wounded

Yet another leg wounded victim. What's up with the leg thing?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/06/13 - 05:03 pm
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PhiloPub, Where Have You Been?

Clueless back at you and all that.

Newspapers have a policy not to publish the race of suspects in news stories unless it is pertinent to the story. In other words, the write-up would be something like a man about 20 years old wearing a hoodie entered the store with a silver handgun demanding the clerk open the cash register. Many of us would ask in the comments what was the race of the robber.

I'm not completely sure of The Chronicle policy, but I think they feel unless race is pertinent to the story it isn't given. Thus, my question of why race was used here with the victim? The identity of the man shot is known. When have you seen the race of a known victim used? I hope this helps you understand.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/06/13 - 08:01 pm
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Lets Rewrite The Article

Authorities say a BLACK man was hospitalized Tuesday after sustaining a gunshot wound to his leg.

About 6:15 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1600 block of Bleakley Street LOCATED IN A TOTAL BlACK NEIGHBORHOOD to check on an injured person, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, they found a black man TRAYVON MARTIN who had sustained a gunshot wound to his left thigh. The victim was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

THE DESCRIPTION OF THE BLACK SUSPECT, TRAYVON MARTIN II, LEFT THE SCENE IN AN ESCALADE WITH EXPENSIVE CHROME RIMS ON BANDAGE TIRES. SUSPECT IS KNOWN TO HAVE 3 AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS IN THE PAST 7 YEARS.

I Guess that would make everybody happy, right?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/06/13 - 07:50 pm
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CG, heh, heh, heh.

CG, heh, heh, heh.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 11/06/13 - 08:08 pm
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Welcome to the United States of the Offended

Since the identity of the man was not initially released, any and all information that can be released to the public as to the identity of the person IS pertinent to the story. Why are you not offended that they said he was a Male? How is gender pertinent to the story, but not visual characteristics?

If stating a person's race is offensive to people, then we obviously have a bigger problem here. When did it become OK to note a person's eye color, hair color, and shirt color, but not skin color?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/06/13 - 08:50 pm
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Philo, we are actually close

Philo, we are actually close to having the same view. Understand my question to the Chronicle is asking why the race of victims is pertinent, but not those of suspects or actual offenders?

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