A 31-year-old doctoral candidate from the University of Maryland was fatally stabbed in Chicago last weekend- and multiple local news outlet allegedly refused to report important details about her assailant.
Anat Kimchi, a 31-year-old Israeli-born doctoral candidate and scholar at the University of Maryland, was viciously stabbed in an “obscure” part of the Windy City, one that many locals were shocked to learn she was out and about in at the time of her murder.
Prior to her death, Kimchi wrote a paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology in 2019, claiming that America’s criminal justice system was racist against “young black offenders” and “black drug offenders.”
Police state that witnesses described Kimchi’s killer as a “slim black male with long dreadlocks who wore a red bandanna and blue tank top.”
Despite a clear description that could lead to an arrest and justice for the deceased, only one news outlet, CWB Chicago, reported the description of the attacker.
While no clear answers are apparent at this time, it is known that Poynter (the head of the International Fact-Checking Network which operates Politifact) has demanded that local news outlets to stop covering local crime stories to avoid connecting “black and brown communities” to crime.
“Local news reporters have amplified narratives that connect Black and brown communities to crime. As a result, we have fostered systemic racism through our crime coverage,” Poynter tweeted on June 21.
“Local news reporters have amplified narratives that connect Black and brown communities to crime. As a result, we have fostered systemic racism through our crime coverage.”https://t.co/WWaZAAl8qM— Poynter (@Poynter) June 21, 2021
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Monday that police have an idea of who fatally stabbed her, and were “scouring the various homeless encampments downtown” to find him.
However, the Chicago Police had a different story.
At a later news conference attended by the Chicago Sun Times, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan did not confirm that the attacker was identified.
“We know who he is. We’ve got good film of him. We believe he’s a homeless individual,” Lightfoot said. “It’s awful. No question about it.”
“We are seeking the identity and the eventual arrest of the person who stabbed that female,” he said.
It is known that video of the attack has been obtained, at least one witness is still cooperating with law enforcement, and that one individual was taken into custody on Thursday for questioning.
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