NEW YORK, NY – While some police departments across the nation were awarding turkeys instead of tickets for minor traffic infractions, MSNBC commentator Joy Reid was having none of it, claiming the incidents were “traumatizing.”
In several cities in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, various police departments handed out frozen turkeys as a surprise gift to unsuspecting motorists who were pulled over for minor traffic offenses.
For example, in Winston, Oregon, Chief of Police Brandon Sarti came up with the notion after browsing on Facebook, and he bought several turkeys for his officers to hand out.
Officers said Chief Brandon Sarti from the Winston Police Department "asked us to hand out turkeys instead of warnings and HE PAID FOR THEM. Officer Gomez had a fun day surprising those who were stopped, with a turkey." https://t.co/YOr9KnBPhs https://t.co/2r7yqwX6si
— KVAL News (@KVALnews) November 24, 2021
Telling KCBY News that “this is a way to give back to a community that supports law enforcement,” he added:
“I wanted to reward good behavior, but I also wanted to make sure that when we’re stopping vehicles, we’re doing the legal stop.”
“So, when we find a violation that’s a minor violation but if all their paperwork and everything is in order, then we shed out the turkey for them.”
Also for example, in Mesa, Arizona, Officer Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department enjoyed surprising motorists with the department’s first “Turkeys not Tickets” experience.
Police pull over drivers to give turkeys, not tickets, for Thanksgivinghttps://t.co/0GApnVQaGs
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 25, 2021
Fox 10 News reported that the program was proposed by a Mesa Police commander “as another way to connect with the community,” and that it was a “timely, delicious, and very well-received idea.”
One motorist commented to Fox:
“I think it’s a nice gesture. I was totally surprised.”
Officer Flam noted to Fox that some stops actually became emotional ones. He said:
“One lady with this infectious laugh just started laughing, but the tears were coming down, and then this other gentleman just put his head down and and the tears just – I don’t think they could afford the turkey, so it worked out really good.”
Pleasantly surprised motorist Mike Ormerod commented:
“In fact I was just on my way to Costco to pick up some Thanksgiving fixins, so this saved me a few bucks.”
“I think it’s a great idea. I was telling the officer there that I think in the past few years police officers in general have gotten a pretty bad rap, and they have a tough job, and I think it’s important they get recognized for putting it out there every day.”
These “very well-received” gestures evidently did not sit well with MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid, who took to Twitter to voice her displeasure.
Linking to a Fox News article on the “Turkeys not Tickets” program in Arizona, Reid declared:
“Please stop doing this, officers, especially to Black people.
“It’s traumatizing, given the history of what happens to us in traffic stops.”
Reid continued by implying that people who could afford cars should not receive free turkeys, saying:
“And if someone is driving a car (in one of these cases to COSTCO, which requires a membership fee) they can buy a turkey.
“End of TED Talk.”
Please stop doing this, officers, especially to Black people. It’s traumatizing, given the history of what happens to us in traffic stops. And if someone is driving a car (in one of these cases to COSTCO, which requires a membership fee) they can buy a turkey. End of TED Talk. https://t.co/juTwxmXPNw
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) November 26, 2021
Many of Reid’s followers agreed with her.
“it’s very terrifying when many of us are pulled over and targeted for nothing. Damn the turkey, go to a community center if they want to do a giveaway. This ain’t it!”
💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 it's very terrifying when many of us are pulled over and targeted for nothing. Damn the turkey, go to a community center if they want to do a giveaway. This ain't it!
— MindSTILLBLOWING (@MStillblowing) November 26, 2021
Another Twitter user said:
“ If they wanted to give out free turkeys, there’s better ways than pulling people over. Set up a table in a park somewhere. Donate them to a food bank. A homeless shelter.
“‘Sorry for traumatizing your community for money and kicks. Here’s a bird you didn’t ask for. Friends?’”
No. If they wanted to give out free turkeys, there's better ways than pulling people over. Set up a table in a park somewhere. Donate them to a food bank. A homeless shelter.
"Sorry for traumatizing your community for money and kicks. Here's a bird you didn't ask for. Friends?"
— ⏳💀VillainousChrisK 💀⏳ (@VillainChrisK) November 26, 2021
Others, however, took Reid to task over her objection.
Former newscaster George Brown wrote:
“So you think low income people, or people having a touch (sic) time, don’t have cars?
“Bigotry of low expectations I guess. How ridiculous.
“Costco has a fee, but you get money back and big savings. You probably have never been though.”
So you think low income people, or people having a touch time, don't have cars? Bigotry of low expectations I guess. How ridiculous. Costco has a fee, but you get money back and big savings. You probably have never been though
— George Brown (@georgebrownmem) November 27, 2021
Another Twitter user posted:
“So a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. LE is here trying to make an honest community service, doing a kind gesture to try and change public perception and they still get ridiculed by you and your followers.”
So a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. LE is here trying to make an honest community service, doing a kind gesture to try and change public perception and they still get ridiculed by you and your followers.
— 👑Raising3Kings👑 (@rn674) November 26, 2021
In a Mesa Police Department video, embedded below, it is quite clear that Mesa, AZ motorists of all demographics would disagree with Reid’s take on the “Turkeys not Tickets” interactions.
The police officers were greeted with smiles as well as grateful tears, and expressions of appreciation:
“Thank you for protecting us. May God watch over you and protect you for protecting us.”
“This was a huge shock, and I’m just very thankful for the police force, and I don’t think the police force gets enough credit for all that they do. Regardless of pulling me over or not, I’m very grateful for them out here.”
“Thank you for serving our community. You guys are doing a great job. And keep doing what you’re doing.”
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MSNBC’s Joy Reid complains coverage of Gabby Petitio is ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’
Originally published September 22, 2021
New York City, NY – During her show “The ReidOut,” MSNBC host Joy Reid complained that media coverage of the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito was a clear case of “Missing White Woman Syndrome”
MSNBC's Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as 'missing White woman syndrome'https://t.co/YbvOqhuQhT
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 21, 2021
Reid said that black women do not get the media attention that white women receive and said that the extensive coverage surrounded Petito’s disappearance was influenced by race.
Petito, a 22-year-old white travel blogger, went missing earlier this month while on a cross country road trip in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Western Wyoming with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Authorities announced that human remains have been found near where she was hiking at the time of her disappearance.
MISSING WHITE WOMAN SYNDROME': Don Lemon, Joy Reid criticize Gabby Petito story over race https://t.co/9W5jk4YQ9w
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 21, 2021
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday on the body found in Wyoming that authorities say resembles the description of Gabby Petito, as investigators continue to search for her fiancé, who has now disappeared nearly three weeks after returning from a cross-country van trip without her.
The coroner is expected to identify the remains as those of Petito, and a cause of death has yet to be determined.
Truly a sad, darkened soul. https://t.co/xLHsSSHYec
— Monica On Air (@monicaonairtalk) September 21, 2021
On the September 20th episode of “The ReidOut,” Reid pointed to the way Petito’s story has “captivated the nation” and asked why missing people of color do not get “the same media attention”:
“The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?
“The answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome, the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway while ignoring cases involving missing people of color.”
— Sha (@quip1) September 21, 2021
Reid mentioned the missing persons case of Daniel Robinson, a 24-year-old black geologist who disappeared after a car crash in Arizona this June.
Robinson’s father hired a private investigator to help find his son, organized search parties and launched a website, but the story was not highlighted by media until this past week.
Reid interviewed Derrica Wilson of the Black and Missing Foundation, who said:
“We have been sounding the alarm for nearly 14 years because… when it comes to missing persons of color — men, women and children, our cases are not taken seriously and no one is looking for us if we were to go missing.”
“No one is looking for us.” With all the coverage on the Gabby Petito case, Joy Reid calls out the media’s obsession with missing white women, and calls it “missing white woman syndrome”. pic.twitter.com/FPbA3bHjNq
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 21, 2021
Another guest on the show insisted that coverage of Petito was a racist act. Lynette Grey Bull of Not Our Native Daughters Foundation said indigenous women are also discriminated against by the news media:
“One of the main factors and one of the key factors that a lot of people don’t want to talk about is that it’s racism. It’s systemic racism.
“We’re still fighting oppression in our tribal communities. We are still facing inequality across the board, whether it comes to our community, housing, (or) jobs.”
Reid tried to qualify her criticism of the coverage of Petitio’s disappearance by expressing sympathy for her family:
“It goes without saying that no family should ever endure that type of pain. The Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice.”
“The way this story has captivated the nation, has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?" asked Joy Reid about the Gabby Petito case. https://t.co/pVH97dnLky
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 21, 2021
Reid said that non-white women were being overlooked by the media because of being labeled as runaways or crime associates. She also said that minority women are often overlooked because they are often from poor, crime-ridden communities.
The host took a shot at her own industry by claiming one reason black women are not covered when they are victims of crime is because the do not look like the daughters or granddaughter of the newsroom executives.
MSNBC has extensively covered the Petito story since she was reported missing on September 11, more than two months after leaving for a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.
Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case by police after returning home without Petito and waiting ten days before reporting her missing.
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