So the rule exists for exactly to keep reporters from deciding on their own whether to sympathize a person as a “teenager” or to de-sympathize him as a “man.”
This is then an important situation in which AP should follow its own rule.
But instead it chooses to break it, and call the 6’4″, 260+ pound hulk Michael Brown a “teenager.”
Oh, and I know that Michael Brown is not accused of a crime, per se, but obviously the same rule attaches here for similar reasons– the whole point is to de-power the reporter from deciding when he wants to elicit sympathy in a legal matter, and when he doesn’t.
The fellating hacks of the progtard media break every other conceivable rule of objectivity in the furtherance of their agendas, so why would their own rulebook be an exception?