Family sues Frontline over funeral film

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PBS and WGBH’s Frontline are among defendants in a lawsuit filed this week (Aug. 10) in Cook County (Chicago) Court that contends a film crew “barged into a private funeral ceremony” on March 13, according to Courthouse News Service. The daughter and grandson of of the late Annie Gibson Bacon say a crew accompanied by the anti-violence group CeaseFire, another defendant in the suit, showed up at Bacon’s funeral because her son, Jeff Fort, was alleged to be the leader of a street gang. In its coverage of the suit, the Chicago Tribune refers to Fort as a “notorious Chicago gang leader.” Read the 20-page lawsuit here. Diane Buxton, spokesperson for Frontline, declined comment as attorneys for the program have not yet seen the lawsuit.

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