To the out readers,
Sunday night (5/31) while on scene to document and report on the looting at The Outlet Collection, I was contacted by two officers from the Valley Cities Civil Disturbance Unit. They instructed me to vacate the property. I refused, and requested a Commander. An Auburn Police Commander came to our location and repeated the instruction. After a brief back and forth, I left the property. This exchange occurred while I was livestreaming on the Auburn Examiner Facebook page.
Right or wrong, I could and should have handled this situation better. Journalists are there to document and report, not be the story. I apologize and take full accountability for my actions, and how they reflect on this news outlet, my team, and fellow journalists.
Your trust and confidence is not something I take lightly. For some of you, I know that trust was shaken tonight. It is my hope you will provide me, and the Auburn Examiner, the chance to regain it.
Looting in Auburn
I want to make something abundantly clear: the incident Sunday in Auburn was not a protest. It wasn’t a riot, either. It was an organized horde of individuals utilizing the wounds of a country to commit criminal acts. Auburn was sadly not the only city victimized by looting of this manner.
It is vital that the obvious difference between the peaceful and passionate protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, and the destructive riots that bastardize the message of these protests is documented, and reported. That was my goal tonight.
A peaceful protest in Auburn is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, at 6PM. The location is City Hall. We have an article with more details coming out Monday (which is today, but it’s almost 3AM)
The AE Team and I will endeavor to ensure this and every story we tell going forward is worthy of the trust you put in us.
Founder and Editor