News Station Apologizes After Failed Attempt To Criminalize Nia Wilson
Even in death, someone thought it was OK to victim blame.
The tragic murder of Nia Wilson should require nothing but a cry for justice. Instead, one local news station failed miserably at trying to criminalize her.
On the night of Sunday, July 22, 18-year-old Wilson was on the way home from a family gathering when she and her sisters were attacked on a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform. While her sister survived the attack, Wilson died from her injuries.
As news stations across the nation broke the story, KTVU Fox 2 seemed to skip over all of the beautiful photos circulating of the young woman and showcased a picture of her holding what could be mistaken for a gun. While it was, in fact, a phone case and not an actual weapon, many called the station out for what seemed to be an attempt to criminalize the victim.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) July 24, 2018
Out of all the pictures KTVU decided to use this picture of this beautiful 18 year old #NiaWilson who was murdered execution style by a White man.
This was an attempt to vilify her and retract sympathy for her murder.
SHAME ON YOU KTVYU!
Twitter users justifiably dragged the news station for its insensitivity and the seeming attempt to eradicate her victimhood.
I can’t believe that news outlet posted a picture of Nia Wilson with her phone case and tried to act like it was a gun to paint her as a criminal— Jayla (@jaylawayla13) July 24, 2018
You should be ashamed of yourself for running that photo of Nia with a gun.— Calendrical Heretic (@PreciousBFluids) July 24, 2018
KUTV used a picture to make Nia Wilson a suspect in her own death. An image of a "gun" to justify her death. Except it was a phone case. And she's still dead whether you try to undo the damage to her image. At the... https://t.co/wWjRvL8vwL— Incredible HOElk (@NikkiAnnieInc) July 24, 2018
YALL THAT PICTURE OF NIA WILSON IS A PHONE CASE FUCK YOU VICTIM BLAMERS!!! pic.twitter.com/gpMPaBXoZg— Kawaii and homosexual as fukc (@sleepy_bear_zzz) July 24, 2018
The answer needs to be NO since you chose to print a picture of the victim with a gun..which turned out to be a phone case..slime reporting and @KTVU should be ashamed..— Lynn MH (@zombiRN) July 24, 2018
Outrage forced the news station to issue an apology.
Rest in power, Nia.
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