Accuracy in Media

CBS News, using an article from the Associated Press, published a misleading headline on Twitter.

It read, “Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park,” which inferred that the law enforcement officers may be to blame for the officer-involved shooting.

The original headline said, “Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park after they say he opened fire.”

But why did CBS News change the headline on Twitter that would create doubt about the deputies’ actions?

The details of the case are that Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were in pursuit of Terron Jammall Boone, the half-brother of a black man found hanging from a tree in Los Angeles County. The deputies were tracking Boone, who was wanted for kidnapping, spousal assault and assault with a deadly weapon. When the officers attempted to stop Boone’s car, he opened the car door and shot at the deputies.

They responded and killed Boone. A female passenger was wounded in the chest and survived. There was a 7-year-old girl in the backseat of the car, who was unharmed.

Boone’s half-brother, Robert Fuller, was found dead hanging from a tree in a park in Palmdale, Calif., last week. Initially, authorities suspected it was suicide, but they are investigating the case further. Authorities are also investigating a similar case in Victorville, a city east of Palmdale in the adjoining San Bernardino County.

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