Police are now searching for Euric Cain, a black gunman who allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman in New Orleans but was stopped by a heroic medical student. Before the suspect was identified by police, media had provided little help by avoiding the description of the suspect due to politically correct fears about race.
Early Friday morning, surveillance cameras caught a black man wearing a hoodie dragging a young white woman down the street. A car passing by the scene stopped and reversed; Peter Gold, 25, a fourth-year Tulane medical student, got out and confronted the suspect.
Surveillance tape shows Gold pleading with the suspect, explaining he has no money. The suspect then shoots Gold in the stomach, then points the gun at his head and attempts to execute Gold twice, according to the video. The gun jams both times. The gunman then allegedly stole the woman’s purse. The police asked for the public’s help in locating the suspect, with Lt. Nick Gernon of New Orleans Police Department stating, “Obviously the level of violence that we saw… is disturbing.”
Amazingly, much of the media coverage has avoided any mention of the suspect’s race. The ABC News online story covering the incident has a still photo of Gold, but not a still from the video showing the suspect. No description of the suspect is included in the story, either.
Meanwhile, NBC News merely describes the suspect as “a hooded man” twice. No mention of the man’s race is included in the story. The New Orleans Times-Picayune similarly avoided description of the dangerous suspect.
Only The Daily Mail, a foreign newspaper, appeared to carry a description of the suspect: “a black male wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.”
After an investigation of the surveillance video, New Orleans police have identified the suspect as Euric Cain, 21, and there is a reward for information leading to his arrest.
Major media outlets throughout the United States have routinely avoided reporting the race of crime suspects if those suspects are ethnic minorities. In this case, avoiding such reporting makes it less likely that the suspect will be caught, since he is still at large. But political correctness must take precedence over preventing further mayhem from a man the police describe as armed and dangerous.