College journalist says she was fired for sharing story critical of Jacob Blake

AZCentral.com reports an Arizona State student journalist has been fired from a position at the campus radio station. She claims it was because she reposted a tweet critical of Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin man shot in the back multiple times by police. The university says it’s not true.

In early September, Arizona State University senior Rae’Lee Klein was asked to step down as Blaze Radio station manager after sharing a New York Post article containing graphic details from a police report accusing Blake of sexual assault on Twitter. She captioned the article, “Always more to the story, folks. Please read this article to get background of Jacob Blake’s warrant. You’ll be quite disgusted.” The tweet has since been deleted.

Klein received backlash for the post, which some viewed as justifying police brutality against Black people using a claim made by law enforcement. She also received support from conservative Arizona politicians like Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe and Rep. Debbie Lesko.

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