The story begins; “ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A SWAT standoff in unincorporated Pinellas County has ended with a deputy shot and a sex offender dead.”

Why can’t they just write, “… left a man dead?”

The victim, who happened to be a registrant, was killed by a mentally unstable man who was the son of his fiancee. Apparently the shooting took place because the woman wouldn’t buy her son donuts.

The media has a need to stress the victims “label” – even though he wasn’t shot because of any current crime – which only serves to dehumanize the man who was killed. To shame him further; the State of Florida still lists the dead victim on its registry as “Deceased”

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