The lie that there was a police shooting death of a black man traveled halfway around Minneapolis before the truth could get out that the man committed suicide.
A curious thing happened yesterday in Minneapolis. Rioting and looting is old school (circa May 2020) at this point, so that wasn’t curious.
What was curious was that the rioting and looting was based on a demonstrably false claim that police shot dead a black man. In fact, as video quickly released by police showed, the man in question — for whom there was an arrest warrant –committed suicide as police approached. The police never fired a shot.
But the lie that this was a police shooting of a black man traveled halfway around Minneapolis before the truth could get out. The result was the type of rioting and looting we have seen in dozens of cities and towns around the country in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.
— Mike Karbo (@MKarbo) August 27, 2020
Looting and violence has erupted in Minneapolis after a man shot himself as police approached him. How is this the fault of the police? pic.twitter.com/hkvYlMIIqv
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 27, 2020
Looting in downtown Minneapolis. Haskell’s liquor store and Medical Arts building included. This is all linked to alleged suicide of suspect in earlier homicide. Crowds down here were convinced he was shot by police. pic.twitter.com/zaIKUw8IlC
— Courtney Godfrey (@courtneygodfrey) August 27, 2020
Rioting and looting before the facts are known is not new. We saw it after the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shootings, where false narratives were spun for an activist agenda, though the hard evidence later showed that these were lawful self defense (Martin) and use of force (Brown).
In some cases, the immediate reaction proves correct, in many cases either incorrect or at least questionable. But no matter to the rioters and looters, and the people instigating the violence. Facts don’t matter to them.DONATE
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