Media Outlets Differ in Coverage of Child Shot in Atlanta

Headline Roundup July 7th, 2020

An eight-year-old girl was shot and killed near the scene of a protest in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told protesters to disperse following the shooting; protesters were assembling over the police killing of Rayshard Brooks in June.

Coverage from right-rated outlets were more likely to frame the violence as having been incited by Black Lives Matter protesters, focusing on Bottoms's dispersal order and the apparent blame she directed at protesters. Some concentrated specifically on the 'black-on-black crime' angle. Left-rated outlets generally reported that it was unclear whether the shooting and the protest were linked.

Media Outlets Differ in Coverage of Child Shot in Atlanta

From the Left
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told protesters Sunday to "clear out" of an area near where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police last month after an 8-year-old girl was fatally shot near the site over the weekend.

"You shot and killed a baby," she said at a news conference. "Enough is enough."

Bottoms said the girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot Saturday night while riding in a car with her mother and a friend after they tried to pull into a parking lot. The site had been barricaded after Brooks was...

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From the Center
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Protesters occupying the ruins of an Atlanta Wendy's outlet where Rayshard Brooks was gunned down by a police officer in June may be forced to vacate the premise after an 8-year-old girl was shot dead in the vicinity Sunday night. City Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she has stopped negotiating with the protesters.

Secoriea Turner was in a car with her mother and another person when unidentified men open fired on their vehicle as it maneuvered to avoid street obstacles placed by protesters outside Wendy's, Fox News reported. The car...

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From the Right
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) ripped protesters and activists causing violence in her city after Atlanta Police responded to a situation that ended in the death of an 8-year-old girl on Saturday night. The incident took place at the now-burned-down Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed a few weeks ago.

Eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was in the car with two family members when the driver was met with a group of armed individuals, who eventually opened fire and killed Turner.

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