In a situation that is still unfolding, Andrew Hampton McCrae has reportedly been arrested in New Hampshire for the murder of Red Bluff, California, police officer David Mobilio. Police were led to McCrae after someone used that name to publish an article to the San Francisco IMC newswire claiming responsibility for the murder. The "open publishing" Indymedia newswires allow for anonymous contributions, so the identity of the author cannot be confirmed. The author explained that the murder was in protest of police brutality and corporate impugnity. While some believe the article is a set-up, a local newspaper in Concord, NH, reports that McRae offered the same explanation shortly before his arrest. |
There is a long tradition of criminals using mass media to get a message out. But the fact that this was such a brutal murder, and that the confession depicts the crime as anti-corporate, mixed with the anti-corporate stance of Indymedia and its emphasis on empowering people to become the media raises concerns that the line will be blurred in this case. This only serves to distract from corporate media's complicity in murders and violence committed for the benefit of corporations.
David Mobilio was shot once in the head on November 19 while he was refueling his police cruiser. Mobilio, 31, was remembered today by his family and thousands of mourners in the small California town. He was the first Red Bluff police officer killed in the line of duty.
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