We often cover fake hate here at LI, but this case in Grand Rapids, Michigan is particularly disturbing because it involves children.  Several black children under the age of eight concocted a story about a white man urinating on one of them.

It turns out that the children had invented the story about the white man (it was one of the children who had urinated on another child) to avoid getting in trouble.  The fabrication, however, resulted in the arrest of an innocent 60-year-old man and the usual outrage-before-facts from the left.  Even the local NAACP weighed in with their outraged outrage.

Michigan Live reports:

A story about a white man urinating on a 5-year-old black child and calling her a racial slur was fabricated, police said.

Grand Rapids police and prosecutors late Friday, Aug. 24 said they determined the story was not valid and said no charges would be issued against a 60-year-old man arrested following the initial report on Wednesday.

Police said several children, all 7 or younger, were playing together sometime before 6 p.m. Wednesday when one of the children urinated on the 5-year-old girl.

Kent County prosecutors said the parents of the children, in talking with them, ultimately determined the children “concocted the story to avoid trouble.”

The prosecutors also issued a word of caution about waiting for facts before jumping to conclusions.  Given that the left thrives on stoking division, the advice will likely fall on deaf ears.

Michigan Live continues:

In the initial report, the children told police they were playing hide-and-go-seek along Courtney Street NW, just west of Tamarack Avenue, when a man urinated on the girl through a chain-link fence.

The suspect was a person who lived in the neighborhood and did odd jobs.

“The community and members of the media were understandably interested and concerned about the allegations, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said.

“But this is a prime example of why it’s so important to wait until all the evidence has been gathered and the criminal investigation has been completed before jumping to any conclusions,” he said.

The falsely accused man reportedly has a history of mental illness and is registered in the Michigan sex offender registry.  According to local reports, a neighbor reported the crime to police after the little girl showed up on her doorstep saying a white man had urinated on her and called her racial slurs.

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The local NAACP called the incident that never happened a case of “child molestation” and a “hate crime” and demanded prosecution to the “fullest extent of the law.”

WZZM reports:

The Grand Rapids branch of the NAACP issued a statement related to the incident. In the statement, they say that they are demanding the suspect be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”

“This is clearly a case of child molestation, as well as a hate crime, and should be treated as such,” said NAACP Grand Rapids Branch President Cle Jackson.

It’s not clear whether the local NAACP has issued a retraction in light of the facts of this case.

On the bright side, it was the parents of the children who came forward and told police that the children had made up the story to avoid punishment.

Kent County prosecutors said the parents of the children, in talking with them, ultimately determined the children “concocted the story to avoid trouble.”

“We appreciate the conscientiousness of the parents in bringing the matter to the attention of the police, and continuing to ask their children questions as new evidence was obtained,” prosecutors said.