You know something’s cooking at the Univision newsroom when a ‘victim of police violence’ -- aka known as ‘peaceful activist’ -- gets first name treatment. This time around the feigned intimacy surfaced during an update report on alleged domestic terrorist Esteban Baez Teran that reeked of anti-police scorn.
Manuel, as anchor Borja Voces fondly referred to the man, was a 26-year-old environmental activist killed on January 18, “while participating in a protest against the construction of the so-called Cop City, a mega center for police training south of Atlanta Georgia”, as per the report. Omitted was the critical fact that the police fired at the man in self-defense after first being attacked by Baez, as was widely reported at the time.
Watch as co-anchors Borja Voces and Lindsay Casinelli sought sympathy for the cop shooter in this clip from the close to four-minute report that included an interview with the protester’s mother:
CASINELLI: The family of Hispanic Manuel Esteban Baez Teran asks for justice. The 26-year-old environmental activist died of thirteen bullet wounds on January 18 while participating in a protest against the construction of the so-called 'Cop City', a mega center for police training south of Atlanta, Georgia. The autopsy showed that he died while on the ground with his hands up.
VOCES: Police said he had a gun, but the autopsy revealed that Manuel was shot in both hands.
The lengthy story highlighted the results of a private autopsy performed on Baez at the family’s request. Curiously, the mother could not remember the name of the very doctor she hired to perform the autopsy and claimed that Atlanta authorities had left her in the dark about their findings so far.
In reality, it is Univision’s public that has been left in the dark after Voces and Casinelli failed to include crucial details of the January 18 events in Atlanta. For instance, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation DID confirm that the bullet taken from the trooper shot by Baez Teran in the January 18 confrontation at the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, matched the gun found in the activist’s possession, among other missing information.
Dishonesty in the name of an agenda has no place in the Spanish-speaking media. Neither does taking sides in the discussion of public safety.
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Univision News: Digital Edition
12:04 p.m. Eastern
LINDSAY CASINELLI: The family of the Hispanic Manuel Esteban Báez Terán asks for justice. The 26-year-old environmental activist died of thirteen bullet wounds on January 18 while participating in a protest against the construction of the so-called 'Cop City', a mega center for police training south of Atlanta, Georgia. The autopsy showed that he died while on the ground with his hands up.
BORJA VOCES: Police said he had a gun, but the autopsy revealed that Manuel was shot in both hands. And to talk about this case, his mother Belkis Terán joins us live. Mrs Belkis, first of all, thank you very much for being with us here in the "Digital Edition". And on behalf of the whole team we are very sorry for the death of your son. But, please tell us; In other words, 13 bullet wounds were found on your son. The question we all ask ourselves is: How is this possible? What are the authorities telling you about the case of your son's death?
BELKIS TERÁN: Good afternoon. Thank you very much. So far there is no official information. The 13 shots were revealed in a private autopsy that the family ordered, after they delivered the body. They had already performed a first autopsy. We don't know anything about the first autopsy. We know absolutely nothing, about nothing.
CASINELLI: Now that you received that autopsy that you paid for, what were the results?
TERAN: Well, thirteen shots, he was in the lotus or cross-legged position, or meditation as you can see there, with his hands raised, like this: he had his hands raised, like this. And, the places where... The bullet entered through here, through the back, and it came out through the palm, that's why we think so. Oh, and that he had no gunpowder in his hands. When someone shoots a gun, it stays on their fingers, here, they have a dust, that no matter how much you wash it, wash it, wash it, it does not come out.
VOCES: You say that because what the authorities claim is that your son bought a gun in September of 2020 and that he had it on him. What can you really tell us about this?
TERAN: That's what they say. That's what they say. But until now, the autopsy has revealed that his hands were clean, and the one who did the autopsy, who is a retired man, who is also a teacher, the father of all those people there in Atlanta, who taught all of them, he retired, we do not know, no, I do not remember his name. And he did the autopsy and he says that when someone shoots, the hands have like a burn or something. That is, it is very microscopic, but it stays, and that even if it is washed and everything, it does not rub off.
VOICES: It's definitely a terrible situation that you are going through by having more questions than answers about your child's death. So, we will take it to heart to follow up, and good luck.
TERAN: Thank you. Thank you.
VOCES: Here, as is our promise in "Digital Edition", we went in search of answers, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation expressed in a statement that they did not carry out the autopsy of the young man. They said that the autopsy was performed by the coroner's office and that they will continue to work to preserve the integrity of the investigation and the results will be delivered to the designated prosecutor. Here of course, we will keep you up to date with the latest information.