On Wednesday morning, CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello offered up an apology for what some are calling deceptive editing of what Sherelle Smith said, mislabeling it a call for peace. In Milwaukee, Slyville Smith was shot by an officer on Saturday afternoon, which triggered riots in the city.
Her sister, Sherelle, said, “Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here.”
And on air, correspondent Ana Cabrera reported she was “calling for peace.”
But the rest of Smith’s statement was, “Burning down shit ain’t going to help nothing!” she continued. “Y’all burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
On Twitter Tuesday, Cabrera tweeted out a correction:
On-air, Costello apologized, “I want to take a moment to clarify something from Monday. We had a report that inadvertently and wrongly characterized the plea from a Milwaukee woman whose brother was killed by police. As our viewers saw, she demanded the violence stop in her community, but in fact, she also said that protesters should instead take their violence to the suburbs.”
She concluded, “I regret that second part of her statement was not included.”