The case of the missing narrative

Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen several police officers shot in the line of duty. Two of those incidents, one in San Antonio (in which the officer was killed) and one in St. Louis (in which the officer survived), were clearly unprovoked “ambush”-style attacks, not precipitated by any interaction between the cop and the shooter and with no connection between the cop and his attacker.

The first thing I happened to notice about the way these two incidents have been reported is that the race or ethnicity of the officer involved was not deemed an important part of the story.