A Bay Area news station is under fire for using a disparaging image of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, who was fatally stabbed by a white man in Oakland. During a segment on the murder, KTVU used an image of Nia holding what appears to be a gun. Many slammed the news station for attempting to criminalize Nia when she is the victim.
On Sunday night, Wilson was fatally stabbed and her sister, 26-year-old Lahtifa Wilson, was injured when suspect, 27-year-old John Lee Cowell, pulled out a knife and began slashing them on a BART train platform. On Monday, BART police arrested Cowell, according to SFGate.
Although Nia was the victim and there were many images KTVU 2 could have used, someone at the station chose an image of the 18-year-old holding a gun-shaped object.
(Photo: KTVU 2)