Twitter: University Of California Student Calls Out NBC News Over DuBose Reporting

Bravo to Rigel Robinson who took to Twitter to school NBC News on the outlet’s choice of headshots used when tweeting about the recent shooting of Samuel DuBose by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.

Via Huffington Post:

NBC’s headline announced that the officer, Ray Tensing, had been indicted for murder in Dubose’s death. However, the network’s photo choice — a smiling shot of Tensing in uniform and an old mug shot of Dubose from a charge totally unrelated to his death — implied that Dubose was more of a “criminal” than Tensing.

“Hey @NBCNews, I went ahead and fixed this one for you. Do Better,” Rigel Robinson tweeted, along with a split image of a regular photo of Dubose alongside Tensing’s mugshot.

“How we tell these narratives is important,” Robinson, 19, told The Huffington Post. “Digging up an old mugshot for the black man that got shot instead of the officer that was just indicted for killing him does a disservice to the memory of Mr. Dubose, it does a disservice to journalism, and frankly, it’s just racist.”

Clearly, Robinson has a point here. Take a look at the pics above and tell me the which one you think NBC News wants you to identify as the “bad guy?”

Cincinnati: Body Cam Video Released In Connection To Shooting Death Of Samuel DuBose

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WARNING: This video contains graphic content. Watch the full bodycam footage of the shooting incident that resulted in the death of Samuel Dubose on July 19th.
Posted by msnbc on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop July 19.

Samuel DuBose was stopped for not having a front license plate.

The footage above is from Officer Tensing’s body cam.

Things escalate at about the 2:15 mark.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters issued this statement after releasing the body cam video to the public: “It’s an absolute tragedy that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless. It’s just horrible. He purposefully killed him.”

Officer Tensing originally said DuBose tried to run him down and he feared he would get “sucked up under the car.”

Read more about the case here.