Paper turns off comments on crime stories

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— image via @sladurantaye managing editor Mike Johnston writes:

Many of our crime stories involving robberies include a description of the suspects when provided by police. White, black, Asian, it doesn’t matter. If that description helps with an arrest, we are glad to help.

But lately, when the suspect was black, it brought out the most vile, repulsive and offensive comments we have ever had on our website.

In fact, it has now got to the point that we are turning off commenting on crime stories when they appear on our website.

* Editor: We’re now turning off comments on crime stories (

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