Whilst going through CNN’s Website I stumbled on a news story about an African American actress that was detained by a police officer for not giving him her ID. The title itself ‘Django Unchained’ actress defends not giving ID to cop did not particularly catch my attention after reading other more emotional and shocking headlines about War and beheadings, but what interested me were the legal rights involved and the outcome of the story.
As America always splurges with freedom and equal rights for everyone I was interested in reading the story as it talks about an African American woman who was held in handcuffs after refusing to give her ID to a cop, who got a citizen complaint that “a male white and female black were involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes”. The nut graph also strengthened my curiosity so I kept on reading.
The story was in fact very well written as it breaks down exactly what happens after grabbing your attention with the first two paragraphs that contain strong language. The story is always backed up with reliable evidence and background information such as quotes from the victim, her boyfriend and the police officer that have been taken out of video footage also shown on the top of the page. The reporter also took the time to concentrate on both sides of the story, giving the LPAD the possibility to respond, which they did, and interviewing the victim once more.
When watching the video footage where the victim and the boyfriend were interviewed, it only confirmed me that the reporters did a good job in writing a fair story by going into detail and asking fair questions. The reporter looked into the legal rights, broke down exactly what happened by asking the right questions, showing audio recorded evidence and questioning both sides.