Are there different patterns to missing persons cases when they involve people of color as opposed to white people?
By - theloosestofcannons
Not a Leo, just honestly curious what in the hell kind of answer you expect to get here. Why would you think law enforcement has any influence over what the media decides to cover? Are you hoping someone is going to come on here and talk about how they really only put in any effort when it's a white kid (which is obviously not true..)? Seriously, this question is an incredibly bad one, and you should feel bad for asking it.
Not an LEO either and I agree this is a bad question, but I especially agree with your point that law enforcement don’t decide what’s reported in the media.
This question should be asked to the reporters who decide what stories they cover. In addition to that, it’s not like we hear of every white person that goes missing and don’t hear about it when a POC goes missing. We hear about a few of each, people go missing and are murdered every day, not to be insensitive but it’s not really news (on a national or international level). It ultimately comes down to which stories gain traction, which could be a number of factors, like certain unusual details or yeah potentially because of racism, but I can guarantee it has absolutely nothing to do with law enforcement.
No one allocates resources by race or ethnicity of the victim.
I just saw some of my non-LEO friends posting about such a disparity and the more left wingers calling it a law enforcement problem. I'm not engaging with them but I'll talk a little about it here.
Case 1: You have a "van life" influencer with a large following who does happen to be a pretty, young white girl. Her SO / traveling companion returns alone, raising suspicions, the media decides it is newsworthy and it get blasted on the 24 hour news cycle.
Case 2: A black man who was spurned in a potential relationship disappeared in to the Arizona desert. The first I ever heard of him was when I saw the post today.
It's apples and oranges, there isn't a comparison, you would be hard pressed to find two missing persons cases more unalike.
As far as wilderness searches, which are not really a law enforcement thing other than park rangers, though we do assist on occasion, there is a lot more luck involved than people want to admit.
Oftentimes the victim isn't found by SAR, they will be found a month, or months later, if at all, by some random hiker or forest service worker. In the Geraldine Largay case, SAR with K9s were within 100 yards of her camp apparently, while she was still alive, and didn't find her.
Sorry, this isn't really an issue with law enforcement, it is a "what gets reported" problem.
100 yards is the length of like 413.79 'Zulay Premium Quality Metal Lemon Squeezers' laid next to each other.
100 yards is 91.44 meters
My department puts out a media release with every missing persons report. We post it on our social media accounts and send them to all the local news agencies. Whether or not the local news picks it up it or not is up to them. I'm sure there are algorithms behind some of the posts getting more traction than other on social media but we put it out as soon as possible.
We do this as well. The major change isnt between a persons race, its when the person is a juvenile or adult. OR when the person is missing and that is the only factor or they are an extenuating missing person (meaning they have a mental health history, are reported to be suicidal, need medications they left behind or will die, etc).