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.
Texas Tech student accused of killing officer grew up in Seguin with well-known family. https://t.co/jldnLgmxZc https://t.co/acgoD5aVEL— Houston Chronicle (@Houston Chronicle) 1507660592.0
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.
@maxsparber @HoustonChron And one is a football player. Easy to find his non mugshot photos too— nation of grogu (@nation of grogu) 1507733553.0
@HoustonChron @rodimusprime Well I just stole this from someone so who's keeping track with me on the nonsense https://t.co/aRNAe5Mj7J— Allen Michener (@Allen Michener) 1507666879.0
@HoustonChron Anyone who doubts white privilege: look at how this white cop killer is portrayed & compare to media… https://t.co/oeU5TikrJd— Amy Stuber (@Amy Stuber) 1507674988.0
@amy_moss_ @HoustonChron Specifically black men who never even posed a threat.— ✊#Resistance Rae✊ (@✊#Resistance Rae✊) 1507732195.0
@HoustonChron Come on guys really with the picture choice— Brad (@Brad) 1507666146.0
@HoustonChron He’s a cop killer. But he gets a cute photo. #whiteprivilege— Connie C. Keys (@Connie C. Keys) 1507667407.0
@HoustonChron Wow! But didn’t he kill a cop? And this is the way he’s portrayed? Shame on you @HoustonChron https://t.co/ZDhVSWQ9dW— Otis Livingston (@Otis Livingston) 1507667333.0
@HoustonChron Really? WTF is this, the "affluenza" defense? the guy KILLED A COP!— My cats' butler (@My cats' butler) 1507667012.0
@art_ticulate @allisunnnnn @HoustonChron Right?! I almost puked when they brought up the Instagram post. Who gives a shit?!— emily #BLM ⚾️ (@emily #BLM ⚾️) 1507740330.0
@allisunnnnn @applextree @HoustonChron I also don't give a flying fuck about him being related to some actor I've n… https://t.co/ZVK5K5LLNd— Sarah (@Sarah) 1507739545.0
@HoustonChron They're both murderers. Why does one get to be a good guy from a well known family with lots of belov… https://t.co/y5BlyJk51T— Lin C (@Lin C) 1507669130.0
@HoustonChron Another reason why we kneel #TakeAKnee— L-BQQGIE ⚡ (@L-BQQGIE ⚡) 1507724709.0
@HoustonChron This is such a joke. He literally killed a cop and there's only one paragraph about it while y'all ta… https://t.co/VGRKfbbtUp— $cg1517 (@$cg1517) 1507733381.0
@HoustonChron And some wonder why people are taking a knee? This is a really grotesque display of white privilege,… https://t.co/qojspjobRH— PattiPalooza (@PattiPalooza) 1507732975.0
@HoustonChron It’s pretty disgusting how the media sides with murderers in the name of whiteness— Silas P. Silas (@Silas P. Silas) 1507668188.0
@HoustonChron Y’all in the media will never learn. Jeez your journalism degrees didn’t teach you a lick of common sense I see.— Al Bundy (@Al Bundy) 1507726623.0
@HoustonChron Do you really not see how absurd & offensive this is, compared to the way you cover suspects when the… https://t.co/HKFVghUXQe— Lee (@Lee) 1507731685.0