- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2014

A St. Louis news station has apologized for airing video of the home of the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The unarmed black teen’s death has sparked ongoing riots, looting and unrest in the predominantly black community. Officer Darren Wilson’s name was finally released on Friday after five days of the Ferguson Police Department refusing to do so out of fear for his safety.

Social media erupted when KSDK-TV, an NBC affiliate in St. Louis, aired video of Officer Wilson’s home on the same day his name was released.

“Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson police officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home,” the station said in a statement posted on their Facebook page. “KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our website. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St. Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.”

Facebook commenters remained skeptical, however, with many calling for a boycott.

“I’m done with you. My husband and I gasped when we saw you show the officer’s home. [S]hame on you. You are putting people, adults and children, in danger just for a story,” wrote Jan Miller.

“You only recanted because of the backlash, not out of the goodness of your hearts,” wrote April Hill.

“[U]nacceptable, and I really never liked any newscast other than KSDK. You have infuriated many, many people — and lost the trust of law enforcement families,” wrote Lauren Cranmer.

A “Boycott KSDK Channel 5 News” page had gained more than 27,000 likes by Sunday afternoon.

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