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Media, writers ignore or defend Alton Sterling’s sex offeder status, long criminal history

It’s heartbreaking to watch a teen boy speaking out about his father, Alton Sterling, who was killed during a fight with police and now that death is being exploited by the race baitors and protest mongers like the leaders of Black Lives Matter. Moreover, the coverage after his death glossed over his long criminal history, his resisting arrest and nearly pulling a gun on police — let along his registration as a sex offender.

Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling

Sterling’s shocking “unjust” death, according to Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids, “…sex offenders can be humans — people worthy of a second chance” and “It would be nice if we remembered that all the time.”

Her post also ran on Reason.com perpetuating the handpicked facts which portray Sterling as this man burdened by the cards dealt to him, just selling CDs to make ends meet when the evil police unjustly murdered him.

What’s missing is reference to an incident which mirrors the one at the beginning of the month where Sterling threatened someone with a gun, police arrived and he resisted, ultimately reaching for the illegal firearm in his pocket. This time he ended up dead.

Sterling was not a model citizen, described as having “hardscrabble life, but tried to make it work” tainted by the media’s coverage of his arrest record.

“He is not what the mass media is making him out to be,” Cameron Sterling’s Quinyetta McMillon said, adding that reporting of his criminal record was being used to “obscure the image of a man who simply tried to earn a living to take care of his children.”

Obscure the image?

Lenore Skenazy quotes an anti-Megan’s Law, Sex Offender Registry blog to claim that ” that sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of any criminals other than murderers” when in fact, “Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense—43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders. But sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison—5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.” (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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