Mostly low-key tragedies last week, with a few exceptions. We have the standard police shootings we’ve come to expect, and a couple freak accidents. Still no major political tragedies, but don’t worry, we won’t miss one when it happens.
Football Game Cancelled Because of Fading Paint
August 8, 2016 – The NFL Hall of Fame Game, meant to be the unofficial kickoff to the pro football season was cancelled due to the condition of the field. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Field in Canton, Ohio was deemed an unsafe surface for 300 pound men to beat each other up on.
Some of the paint on the field was fading so it was decided that these world-class athletes should no play there.
Not the most extreme tragedy, I know, but I do believe it fits our tragedy guidelines.
Further Reading: NFL
Media Reacts to Thing Trump Says
August 9, 2016 – During a rally in North Carolina Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested that “second amendment people” could stop Hillary and the Supreme Court from enacting stricter gun control regulations. According to the Trump campaignn, “the media” reacted “dishonestly” by reporting on the things he said.
The tragedy here isn’t that Donald Trump said a dumb thing (if we counted that these posts would be about five times as long). The tragedy is the media’s reaction to it. “The media” here means any news outlet that reports what Trump says. It is true that many news outlets took part in the unethical practice of providing context.
Now maybe Trump was talking about voting, and not implying that people should murder his opponent. But I don’t think his audience took it that way, and I don’t think he expected them to.
Further Reading: Vice
Police Officer Accidentally Kills Volunteer During Safety Demonstration
August 10, 2016 – During a “shoot/don’t shoot” safety demonstration a police officer mistakenly fired a loaded gun at a 73-year-old woman. The woman was chosen at random from the crowd to assist with the demonstration. The officer was not permitted to use live ammunition for the demonstration.
Surely the attendees will remember their gun safety lesson.
Further Reading: Associated Press
Fatal Police Shooting In Milwaukee
August 14, 2016 – Police in Milwaukee shot and killed a 23-year-old man while he was fleeing from a traffic stop. The man was allegedly armed while he was fleeing.
Shortly after the killing, crowds began to gather and riots started form within the city. During the riots it is alleged that one rioter threw a brick and injured a police officer.
This all sounds vaguely familiar.
Further Reading: NPR
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