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'We're sorry we added pain': Journal Sentinel editor apologizes for news quiz mistake

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 15:30:51-04

MILWAUKEE — The editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is issuing an additional apology after a weekly news quiz included a question about the the death of 3-year-old Brooklyn Harris.

Harris was shot and killed during a road rage incident on July 13. The paper received significant backlash for the question posted in the Saturday print edition.

“A 3-year-old girl was shot and killed last Saturday morning in Milwaukee. Where was she when it happened?,” the question read.

"I'm embarrassed by the question and dismayed that we added any pain to Brooklyn’s grieving family, and the community. That's the last thing we would ever want to do," said George Stanley, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Journal Sentinel will no longer feature a news quiz.

The news organization initially posted an apology on Facebook over the weekend.

The Black Panthers of Milwaukee protested in front of the Journal Sentinel building Monday.

"The Journal Sentinel was insensitive and disrespected the family of our 3-year-old princess that was murdered by violence in Milwaukee," said King Rick of the Black Panthers.

Editor George Stanley met the Black Panther members in the lobby of the building. He said when he saw what was printed, he contacted the mother of Brooklyn to apologize.

"As soon as I saw it, I knew it was an inappropriate question. It was a mistake. The person who did it didn't mean any disrespect," said Stanley.

Brooklyn Harris was laid to rest on Tuesday.