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NEW YORK (AP) — Following protests online, CNN removed a description of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray as “the son of an illiterate heroin addict” in a story posted about the first police officer about to go on trial for Gray’s death last spring while in police custody.

Several tweets suggested that the reference amounted to victim blaming. Gray, who is black, died after being driven around in a police van in a case that drew wide attention to the issue of police treatment of minorities.

The print story, originally posted Monday, was changed that evening to remove the description of Gray’s mother. In an editor’s note, CNN said the reference was deleted “because it appeared out of context.”

CNN had no comment on Tuesday about the change. Gray is described in both versions of the story as a symbol of the black community’s distrust of police.

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9 thoughts on “CNN Erases Description of Gray’s Mother as Heroin Addict

  1. specialt757 on said:

    Bad move CNN that was f****d up. One has nothing to do with the other. Of course they don’t have a comment, it’s nothing they could say to justify this BS, anything they say would only make it worse. Then people would lose focus on the real story.

  2. How is this relevant to the MURDER of Freddie Gray?

    The media is always being negative and ugly where minorities are concerned-attempting to smear folks character-in this case the victim’s own mother.

    Stick to the facts of the story CNN-and nothing else. Leave the vicious lies and dirt to TMZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. ironmike Jones on said:

    Why would CNN’s editorial staff allow such an egregious, unprofessional, victim bashing comment to be published in the first place?…..My bad…..typical white supremacist disrespect toward your Melinated (Black )people.
    Ironmike Jones

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