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Posting On Indymedia Newswire Leads To Capture Of Police Murder Suspect

global indymedia website feature on the McCrae story
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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what's not to be believed? 26.Nov.2002 20:17


'"It feels weird, to be honest," she said later. "That?s not my job. My job is to report the news."'

--uh, heh heh. being honest does feel weird to me, especially since i am naturally prone to lie first (being a human and all) :)

the lines of the media can still be blurred in so many way now.

people, let alone police, don't need to be killed for any reason. (does humanity equal insanity, or does intelligence--since an individual reportedly killed another individual--equal insanity?).

blah blah, corporate impuGnity (or is that "impunity"?...or is that corporate "impugning"?) is considered to be the rule--why?

at any rate, who really knows why supposedly this police was supposedly murdered? i think a better point of the article would be to better understand the why's of everything (as opposed to the whats).

in an imc word, interesting :)