With respect to the Ferguson shooting, the CNN reported that Darren Wilson, the police officer who was involved in the shooting had resigned from the police force. With reference to CNN, the police officer pointed out that his resignation was as a consequence of security concerns (Ellis, Todd and Karimi para1). Different other newspapers around the world reported the event. This essay is going to analyze and compare the content of reports from 3 other media houses. The essay will consider newspaper articles from different countries, thus The New York Times from the United States in America, The Independent in Britain in Europe and from the Philippine Press in Philippine in Asia.
The New York Times reports that Wilson left the police force willingly so as to ease tensions among the protesting groups. He pointed out that his resignation was to ensure the safety of other police offices and the community at large. By resigning, he hoped that the community would heal (Healy and Davey para2). The Independent report corresponds with this report by (Healy and Davey para2). However, this is for the reason that it also explicates that the resignation is to bring peace in the community. On the contrary, this source argues that is not clear whether the lower the tensions and end the protests (Usborne para4). In accordance to the Philippine Press, even though the resignation was out of free will, he decided to leave the police department for the reason that the police department had alerted him that it had been receiving threats of violence if Wilson continued disseminating his duties as a police officer to the department (The Philippine Press).
The article by Usborne (para5) has a blaming tone. This author points out that even though Wilson resigned to ensure the safety of all, the author is not sure whether this will cool down the tensions among the people. Moreover, the author brings out the voices of some residents who explicate that they were not after Wilson’s work but after the justice of Michael Brown, the young man killed by Wilson (Usborne para6). This author is biased and only reports negative information directed to Wilson, the jury and the police force. Thus, the Grand Jury that was dealing with the case had been charged with a wide ranging plot that entailed plans regarding assassination of Chief Jackson and Bob McCulloch, the County prosecutor in St. Louis. This author seems to be disgusted about the activities unfolding around this occurrence.
All these sources have referred to Wilson as the white police and the boy who was short as a the black boy to explicate the racial issues surrounding the event. Moreover, all of them use facts associated with the event to report the incident. Healy and Davey (para4) add to the reasons given for resignation as yielding to the demands of the protesters. On the other hand, The Philippine Press (para12) points out that the protesters were not interested in the news regarding the resignation of Wilson. The Philippine Press (para14) and Usborne (para6) echo the same words articulate out by Rev. Al Sharpton who is a civil rights activist. According to this author, the activist pointed out that they were not in need of Wilson’s job but justice for Michael Brown.
The Philippine Press (para15) exhibits disgust in the system. With regard to Healy and Davey (para3), after the killing of Michael Brown, what followed was unrest since August until end of November. The unrest was somehow mitigated by the decision of the Grand Jury. On the other hand, The Philippine Press Para17) explicates that subsequent to the shooting, Wilson went into hiding for some month. He did not make any public statements. He was only able to break his silence after the delivery of the decision of the Grand Jury. Moreover, according to this newspaper, after coming out of hiding, Wilson, while being interviewed by ABC News elucidated that he would not have executed something different with reference to the encounter with Brown. Through the explications and content about what happened as put forth by the Philippine Press further shows blame and disgust in whatever happened. This newspaper article continues goes to explicate Wilsons’ elucidation. Thus, Wilson argued that his conscience was clean because he knew he did his job right. Shooting of brown was the first time he fired his gun for the first time. The journalist who gathered information for this newspaper from Wilson asked whether the same would have unfolded if Brown was a white and Wilson answered yes (The Philippine Press 17).
Ellis, Todd and Karimi (para7) also show disgust through the elucidations given by Benjamin Crump. Accordingly, the police officer, Wilson, was expected to unsurprisingly exit because it is believed that police execute activities in the best interests both professionally and personally. The tone used in the New York Times is more relaxed. The reporters have just explained the occurrences as they unfolded without going further to defend some of their views through gathering information from the people.
Ellis, Ralph, Brain Todd and Faith Karimi. “Citing security concerns, Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson police force.” CNN 30 Nov 2014. Newspaper Article. <http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/29/us/ferguson-protests/>.
Healy, Jack and Monical Davey. “Darren Wilson, Officer in Ferguson Shooting, Resigns From Police Dept.” The New York Times 29 Nov 2014. Article. <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/us/ferguson.html>.
The Philippine Press. “Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown resigns.” , 30 Nov 2014. <http://www.philippine-press.com/2014/11/ferguson-officer-who-shot-michael-brown-resigns/>.
Usborne, David. “Ferguson shooting: Police officer Darren Wilson quits force after being cleared of wrong doing by grand jury.” The Independent 30 Nov 2014. Article. <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/michael-brown-shooting-ferguson-police-officer-cleared-of-wrong-doing-by-grand-jury-quits-force-9893304.html>.