WCCO airs video of woman's suicide on I-94

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WCCO aired this video of a woman's suicide.
Viewers were outraged this evening when embattled local TV station WCCO aired footage of the suicide of a woman who lay down in the middle of I-94 to die.

The footage from cameras meant to monitor traffic conditions apparently aired on the noon newscast, but it didn't light up social media until just moments ago. The video is still available on the WCCO site as of now, but it might be disappeared like Duck/Dog before long.

"We won't show you the collision, but we do want to share the video leading up to it," anchor Angela Davis chirps in the lead-in.

This is the tweet that first brought the video to my attention:
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Here is the video until it gets taken down when better heads prevail (though it won't be gone long, because I've got it on Flip video):

About halfway through the video, WCCO shows an even more graphic and close-up view of the moments just before impact. Warning: This video is not for the faint of heart, and is only being embedded in the interest of full transparency so that readers can decide for themselves if it was appropriate for WCCO to broadcast it on network television.



And here is a screenshot of how it looks on the WCCO website:
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A graphic video of a woman's suicide on WCCO.

Author's Note: Some readers in the comments and on social media are questioning why we would embed a video we are decrying, thus propagating the footage we criticize WCCO for airing in the first place. I believe there's a distinction between airing the footage on broadcast TV to a mass and unsuspecting audience tuning into their local news vs. embedding the footage in a clearly labeled media criticism post with the goal of allowing readers to decide for themselves if they think it was inappropriate.

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Terrance
Terrance

Too many myopic attitudes.  Too many shills in here.


jhaugen1
jhaugen1

Here's the deal.  The media is here to make money - period.  So, knowing that such footage will tap into our instinctive interest in the macabre, the media gives it to us.  

Colgruv
Colgruv

If you're gonna show enough to make people angry at least show the whole thing! Damn.

Ashley
Ashley

I would just love to know why this turned into a religious thing. God gave us all free will which means that we can and do make our own choices in life. That is why we pray...for guidance.. That being said I think that the video while not showing too much is still a shocker to some people. Obviously if we are all looking at the story and watching the video we feel that we can handle it. But you have to think about the ones who may have lost someone recently to suicide. Or the older people who watch the news religiously so you know they saw it. And what about the kids that may have seen it too. I do agree that death is a touchy subject. Some can handle it and some can't. I just know that I would'nt want to watch my mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, ect. be ran over on the news...that's the ones that are going to suffer from this. They may not have realised even at the time that was someone they knew but now this video is here to stay and GOD forbid any friends or family ever have to see it. I also feel for the people who ran over her. That is life altering and disturbing. I can not imagine how they must feel after knowing they just killed someone. Even if it was not their fault.

Mannie N
Mannie N

We all have to answer to some unseen, unknown power.....just because we have not found life on other planets does that mean that earth is the only living planet in the entire solar system or space? Only an idiot would think like that........there are actually documented miracles that even science cannot explain.....think critically but openly.....and don’t criticize other’s personal opinions…..you have your belief and they have theirs….

Mannie N
Mannie N

I do not feel it is wrong to post the video....it happened,this person chose to take their own life in such a public way...involving somany people... in other countries the media shows the actual aftermath (in thiscase her body) on television. At least  cut it off before the actualimpact. Truly sad, but still the news can not be attacked for reporting thenews! If you don't want to see it don't look.....simple.....

iiTANTALiiZE
iiTANTALiiZE

i dont understand why this is surprising to people, this is an obvious part of life and while i do not 100 percent agree with it being broadcast on television, i do believe there are a vast majority of people who are not mature enough to watch it... mainly the ones who have extreme opinions on the matter. Everyone will die someday, this is one way that death occurs (no matter who it has an impression on). that being said, life is crazy... then you die. 

Dhomer007
Dhomer007

Why is there even an uproar about this?  It shows the woman laying in the street.  It shows a car approaching.  

That's all.  Nothing more.  If she flew up into the air, that'd be one thing.  If it was gory or gruesome, it'd be one thing.  

This is nothing.  Are people that deprived they have to just find something to bitch about?  Really?

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

No one stopped  everyone saw the lady in the street? NO cars stoped or maybe would call police very strange.

Peekatchu
Peekatchu

Who still watches the news? I'll bet not a single person here saw the clip.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why are Americans such limpwristed milquetoasts when it comes to the uncomfortable realities of Life and Death ?

Whowasthatguy99
Whowasthatguy99

Should anyone wish to let the reporter (Holly Wagner) know how they feel about the wisdom of airing the video, she may be contacted here: hcwagner@wcco.com

Scretch
Scretch

That's tragic. I wonder what was going so wrong in this woman's life, she felt this was her only option. Still it's selfish to make another be traumatized for life for running over her. BTW I won't watch vid.

LaPenotiere
LaPenotiere

I was one  HORRIFIED as I passed by her when she was STILL STANDING~~ I woke up that morning PRAISING the LORD! Again Thank THE LORD.... I was ABLE TO SEE HER AS I DROVE PAST THE PHAMTOM FIGURE IN THE DARK~~~ My HEART goes out to the poor Woman who thought this was her only option! My heart goes out to those she unwilling made participate!! May GOD have mercy on everyone effected by this unfortunate situation! This is News.... I do not agree with showing the inpact.

Blaire
Blaire

I actually think that they stopped the video at the right time. You didn't see anything specific. Not classless....maybe too soon but not a horribly disturbing video. It's nothing like Faces of Death...which made me feel like an awful person when I checked it out.

heyseed
heyseed

It's news.  They were right to show it.  If you can't handle it, don't watch.

Email Alias
Email Alias

I see nothing wrong with this video being on TV. They did not show the actual impact which would have gone too far.

jill
jill

I think it was fine to air this to the public. I mean honestly, didn't you in your mind think"this woman really just laided down?" and it is good evidence that she did lay down. The drivers who hit are now wondering "OMG,OMG,OMG, I just hit a f*ing woman laying in the f*in highway!!" So if the family of the deseased wants to take any drivers to court for murder or any other death related crime, the defense has proof that she actually laid down. Thank you for airing this footage for the rest of us to calm our curiosity.

Xen0style
Xen0style

How sheltered is this author?  If you are offended by this video (which doesn't even show the impact or the aftermath), then move to Pakistan or Iran.

This is America.

hume
hume

First of all, I am no supporter of WCCO or any commercial news outlet... City Pages is usually pretty good, though. I just don't understand what is wrong here... I mean, it's not like they actually showed her death.

kat
kat

Wow!  Has anyone given more than an eye-blink thought to the woman's family or the individuals that accidentally hit her?  What about those families?  And what about those that witnessed it?  What kind of psychological impact might the situation leave on those that had no choice?

My thoughts go out to the woman's family and friends, and the people that will forever be effected by this tragedy.

Rokkitman
Rokkitman

With Don Shelby's departure, WCCO has no further restraint from diving into the gutter where KSTP already resides. The race to the bottom is on.

Bianca
Bianca

The point of alternative media is to be critical of public institutions, including local news media. It's their job to be a watchdog for us, raising questions and awareness for things we, as the public, may not catch.

The WCCO story shows a lack of taste and their desire for "shock journalism" - I could have done without seeing that. Made me sick to my stomach. For being the leading local station, I would expect them to have a bit more class about this terrible situation. But, what can we expect from a station that wrongly accused a shop of selling dogs to eat?

duur
duur

So City Pages basis of the article is to condemn WCCO for linking the video...but then does the exact same thing. Kettle calling the pot black? Thanks for the lolz

lkydky
lkydky

Sick all day after the noon news report.  I cant get it out of my head.  I wonder what she was thinking.  More than anything I would hate to be one of the possible 2 that actually hit her..What about them??  Life changing

Kvnwatterson
Kvnwatterson

What bothers me here is that this woman essentially forced innocent people to end her life, and now they will have to live with that on their shoulders. She should NOT be getting any attention. What she did was abhorrent.

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