Headline RoundupMay 10th, 2024

Police Killing of Airman Raises Questions About Police Brutality, Racism

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Senior Airman Roger Fortson, 23, was fatally shot in his Florida apartment on May 3 by an Okaloosa County deputy responding to a disturbance call. The attorney for Fortson's family, Ben Crump, says police entered the wrong apartment.

The Details: Fortson was a member of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field. According to a witness who was reportedly on FaceTime with Fortson at the time of the incident, he fetched his legally owned firearm after hearing loud knocking at his door. Bodycam footage appears to show Fortson opening the door and the responding officer shooting him almost immediately. The deputy was placed on administrative leave.

For Context: Police were responding to reports of a couple arguing loudly. Fortson was home alone at the time of the incident. Crump has said that the deputy "burst through the door." The footage appears to show Fortson opening the door.

How The Media Covered It: Some left-rated sources highlighted the fact that Fortson was black and noted other examples of police killing black people under questionable circumstances. Right-rated sources usually didn't.

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