'He's a cop killer': Twitter reams Texas paper for smiling photo of white perp but mugshots for black suspects
Hollis Daniels (left) and former NFL player Johnny Jolly (right) (screen grabs from The Houston Chronicle)

A Texas newspaper came under fire this week after it published a favorable photo of suspected police shooter Hollis Daniels, who is white.


In its Tuesday story about Daniels' alleged shooting of a police officer, the Houston Chronicle used a photo from social media that showed the suspect smiling and hugging a woman.

"I appreciate how you raised me, and all the extra love that you gave me," a caption included with the photo said.

"Everybody needs to [know] he was a great person and amazing friend," one person in the Chronicle's story was quoted as saying. "I would have never thought he would do something like that, ever."

The paper also shared the photo on Twitter, where it did not go over well with users who pointed out that mugshots were often used for black suspects.

Playwright Max Sparber‏ pointed out that the Chronicle had often used mugshots for white suspects but there was no record of the paper publishing a photo of a smiling black suspect hugging someone.