CBS Edits Out Atlanta Mayor Saying Cops Blameless for Weekend Killing

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Mr. Secoriya Williamson probably said it best when addressing the Fourth of July murder of his 8-year-old daughter, Secoriea Turner in Atlanta: “They say black lives matter. You killed your own.”

His outrage at black-on-black crime was shared by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D), who exclaimed: “You can't blame this on a police officer. You can't say that we -- this is about criminal justice reform.” Her sentiment was broadcast to the country on the evening newscasts of ABC and NBC, but on CBS. But not only did CBS Evening News not share her sentiment, but they cut out those words.

This is how CBS correspondent Mark Strassman summed up Bottom’s comments in his report:

MARK STRASSMAN: Charmaine Turner's daughter, Secoriea, her baby died in her arms on the Fourth of July. A group of armed men randomly blocked their car in Atlanta. Two gunmen opened fire. The 8-year-old girl was killed.

ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS (D): This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car. For what?

STRASSMAN: New York City on Sunday alone had 30 shootings.

Now, here’s Bottom’s comment as reported by correspondent Ron Allen on NBC Nightly News, with more context. “You can't blame this on a police officer. You can't say that we -- this is about criminal justice reform. This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car,” she said.

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