Oh, not the attribution part. We've come to expect that whenever we see the FP cribbing one of our stories.
The surprise was in seeing which story they scalped. And trying to guess why.
Last April, almost one year ago, in an exclusive story, The Black Rod told how a 10-year-old girl witnessed Matthew Dumas fighting with police in a back lane mere minutes before he was shot to death by a police officer on Dufferin Avenue.
It was the critical piece of the puzzle to understanding what happened that afternoon and what was going through the minds of Dumas and the police officers chasing him.The Winnipeg Free Press, along with the other mainstream media in Winnipeg, have studiously avoided reporting our exclusive, until now.
In a story about the gunning down on Saturday of Leon Dumas, the cousin of Matthew Dumas, reporter Bruce Owen writes:
"Matthew Dumas was fatally shot by a city…