KSEE24 is a pro police propaganda machine: How main stream media twists and manipulates a story to be the opposite of what it is.
KSEE24 reporters are educated and know the definition of the word “vandalism.” They are smart people and know full well that chalking is not a criminal act and no one should go to jail for using something that the morning dew will wash away. KSEE24 chose to take a story about mourning families outraged at the injustice of Fresno police murdering their family members and twisted it into a ridiculous pro-police propaganda piece designed to make ordinary citizens afraid to protest.
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The story starts out with mugshots. The first image the viewer sees is men in jail. It is considered reasonable by the general public to believe that if someone is in jail they must have committed a crime. Most people want to believe that justice exists. They lead with the sexiest most, attention grabbing image because, well, ugliness sells. Well at least the ugliest image they can show without revealing ugly truths about the Fresno Police Department. Main stream news is a government propaganda machine always reporting from a pro-police bias. They interview the police but not the suspects or the people protesting against the police. Seeing men in jail for protesting sends a strong message to the general public that there is something not legal about protesting and makes them afraid to protest for fear that they too may end up behind bars.
KSEE24 did not interview any Fresno police about the six people they murdered in the past six months.
Three adults and some children used water soluble children’s sidewalk chalk to express their grievances about the killer cops. Two men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor vandalism. This is a bogus charge because no property was damaged. The reporter said,”Now as for the reason why this happened, investigators state that it was just a cheap attempt to provoke officers to fight.” He knows this very sexy statement is a lie because without asking the suspects why they committed an alleged crime they will never know their actual motives because, well, we can’t read minds and there is no evidence that the suspects are violent.
The report states that a large group of protesters used chalk to take shots at the Fresno police department as they zoom in on chalk writing that asks the very poignant question, “Who watches the cops?” In fact it was about three adults and some children who participated in expressing their first amendment grievances in chalk.
“A camera caught the artists in attack mode.” Attack is a sexy word that will sell more commercials but is not appropriate to describe and act that children do on playgrounds and patios.
Merriam Webster defines vandalism as the act of deliberately destroying or damaging property. KSEE24 news used the word “vandalism” incorrectly. They called chalking vandalism yet chalking does not fit the definition of vandalism which means that property was damaged. No property was damaged.
They called the people chalking part of a radical group. There is nothing radical about using chalk to express one’s self.
The cop in the report stated that they (the suspects in custody) shoot video of cops and say things to agitate them. I’ve done cop watch myself. I find it impossible to remain silent and not scream when I see injustice before my eyes. If that agitates cops, perhaps the cops need to reevaluate their practices and adjust their actions so that they are carrying out their duties in a just manner and stop blaming those who are outraged for their outrage.
They waited until a minute and thirty seconds into the two and a half minute long report to tell what the people were there protesting about. They covered the protest for about 20 seconds. Then they quickly went to the cop lying about damaged property. No property was damaged. The cop was quoted as saying, “Clean it up and move on.” Good advise that the cops did not take. Instead they arrested two men on charges of misdemeanor criminal chalking.
What KSEE24 didn’t bother to report was that families of, Miguel Moreno-Torrez and Martin Figueroa, men murdered by Fresno police were protesting the fact that Fresno police had murdered six people in the past six months.
No case of chalking has ever been prosecuted because chalking is not vandalism and no DA wants to destroy their political career by prosecuting such silly cases. What is likely to happen is that the city of Fresno will be facing some hefty law suits.
KSEE24 continues to prove itself to be a pro-government pro-police propaganda machine time and time again. CBS reporters know the definition of the word “vandalism.” They know full well that chalking is not a criminal act and no one should go to jail for using something that the morning dew will wash away. KSEE24 chose to take a story about mourning families outraged at the injustice of Fresno police murdering their family members and twisted it into a ridiculous pro-police propaganda piece designed to make ordinary citizens afraid to protest.
More info on Miguel Moreno-Torrez: On Wednesday June 11 2014 Miguel Moreno Torres was shot 17 times by Fresno PD. On May 20th Martin Figueroa was shot in the heart by Fresno PD.
Suspect Killed by Officers After Fight with Brother: http://www.crimevoice.com/suspect-killed-by-officers-after-fight-with-brother/
More info on Martin Figueroa:
Police fatally shoot man armed with knife in central Fresno: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/20/3935807/fresno-police-at-officer-involved.html
Here is live stream footage taken by Fresno People’s Media at the time the two were arrested: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/48859043?utm_campaign=l.facebook.com&utm_source=ustre.am/:3j0t5&utm_medium=social&utm_content=20140616201422