For this assignment, I followed the coverage of crimes in the New York Times. Throughout the week there were several stories about crimes published, here is the list.
Date: Sept. 18, 2022
The New York Times: An Unprovoked Killing Leaves a Void in a Bronx Neighborhood
An Unprovoked Killing Leaves a Void in a Bronx Neighborhood – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
Summary: While sitting in his car a Bronx man was stabbed for no apparent reason. Police have not been able to find any clues leading to why Nathaniel Rivers was fatally stabbed. This killing left the residents of the neighborhood shaken as to why something like this took place.
Date: Sept. 19, 2022
The New York Times: Children’s Drownings Mark the End of a Mother’s Descent
Summary: A mother who has a slew of mental health issues is accused of drowning her three kids. Erin Merdy was an aspiring health care professional who wanted to help people. But deep down she was holding back with a pending eviction as well as being in multiple abusive relationships. One day she decided to take her three kids who resided with her in the coney island section of Brooklyn. Once at the beach she proceeded to the water where she drowned all three kids. Not only is this horrible but it shows just how many people suffer silently from mental health issues.
Date: Sept. 20, 2022
The New York Times: Criminal Investigation Is Opened After Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard
Summary: After many migrants were flown from texas to Martha’s Vineyard, the sheriff in Bexar county opened up a criminal investigation into the flights that took the migrants from the shelter. Many of the migrants left with the expectation of receiving help. Although the specific laws that were broken are still unknown, the investigation continues.
Date: Sept. 21, 2022
The New York Times: Former Minneapolis Officer Sentenced to Three Years in George Floyd Case
Summary: A former Minneapolis police officer, Thomas Lane, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the killing of George Floyd in 2020. Two years after the killing of George Floyd Mr. Lane has accepted a plea deal where he will spend three years in prison for his involvement in the murder.
Summary: Throughout the week I have seen that mainstream media only post stories that they believe people want to see and hear about. There have been many other stories that have surfaced that have not been published for all to know. It seems that only crime that sells is what makes it to our newspapers.