Idaho TV station forced to apologize after using activist DeRay McKesson’s photo for bank robbery story
A CBS-affliated TV station in Idaho has issued an apology after they illustrated a local story abut a bank robbery with a photo of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson.
According to Business Insider, station KBOI posted a tweet (see below) on Friday night that used a photo McKesson during a July 2016 BLM protest in Baton Rouge.
The photo was accompanied by the headline: “Would-be robber arrives early at banks to find doors locked.”
Alerted to the picture by his followers, McKesson re-tweeted the story, with the disclaimer, “I haven’t been anywhere near a bank robbery. FYI.”
Commenters noted that the station’s website also featured the picture for a story entitled, “Officer wounded in deadly ambush sues Black Lives Matter.”
The photo has since been changed.
In a statement to Raw Story, McKesson wrote, “I’m confused as to how the image of my arrest in Baton Rouge was affixed to a story about a bank robbery in Idaho, especially given that the suspect wasn’t even black.”
You can see a screenshot of the now deleted tweet below: