Yesterday, Mecklenburg, North Carolina District Attorney Andrew Murray announced that the investigation into September’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott had found no legal wrongdoing. This meant, in addition to the fact that officer Brently Jackson, who is black, would not face trial, that the two-days of riots inflicted on Charlotte after the Scott’s death were even more inexcusable than riots generally are. People who claimed on social media that they had seen the shooting and that Scott was unarmed admitted to investigators that they hadn’t seen what they said they saw. Evidence in the case showed that Scott stepped out of his SUV holding a gun—his DNA was retrieved from the weapon found at the scene—and ignored at least ten commands from the five officers on the scene to drop it. Individuals who behave like that are likely to get shot, and deserve to be. No case, no outrage, no systemic racism.
Following the shooting, however, this was a Mike Brown encore, complete with angry, loud, false accounts and social media rumors focused on making Scott’s death another rallying point for race-hucksters, politicians who felt they could benefit from dividing the country by color, and irresponsible pundits.
From the Ethics Alarms post on September 21:
Following the pattern of the Ferguson and Freddie Gray incidents, unverified reports spread through social and broadcast media that the victim was a disabled man, holding only a book and no weapon. A woman claiming to be the victim’s daughter used Facebook Live to give her angry, emotional and quite possibly fanciful account of what was transpiring. About a hundred protesters arrived at the site of the shooting. #KeithLamontScott began to trend on Twitter…
and the riots and looting soon ensued. More…
a group of activist African-American religious leaders called THUG—I’m not making this up—- held a press conference contradicting police investigators, who said they found Scott’s gun, but not the book his daughter claimed he was carrying. The group has no basis to contradict the police, other than the fact that all police are racist murderers who carry out white society’s conspiracy against blacks. The group said it will take legal action against the city in the case and called on the black community to stage an economic boycott of white-run businesses in Charlotte, because when a black officer kills a black man who won’t drop his gun, it’s the fault of white businesses, or something.“Since black lives do not matter for this city, then our black dollars should not matter,” said B. J. Murphy, another Charlotte activist. “We’re watching a modern-day lynching on social media, on television and it is affecting the psyche of black people. Everybody in Charlotte should be on notice that black people, today, we’re tired of this bull. We’re tired of being killed and nobody saying nothing. We’re tired of our political leaders going along to get along; they’re so weak, they don’t have no sympathy for our grief. And we want justice.”
How responsible, fair, and healing it would be if all of those, particularly key figures in the Black Lives Matter movement, who pushed the false narrative or immediately believed it were to come forward and say, humbly and sincerely, that they were wrong, that what they has said and done was divisive, biased, and destructive, and that they accepted a portion of responsibility for the violence and property damage caused by the riots. Of course, that would require a significant shift in the rhetoric of the anti-police and law enforcement activists as well as civil rights racists, who have indicated that they expect no black individual to be shot by police, ever; that whenever one is shot, it is proof of America’s racism, and that when it comes to assessing individual episodes of police-involves shootings, Facts Don’t Matter.
Early indications are that no such shift is coming. More than a hundred protesters marched through the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday night chanting “No Justice, No Peace!” and “Tell the truth and stop the lies, Keith Scott didn’t have to die.”
“I’m out here today to protest the lack of indictment for the officers who murdered Keith Lamont Scott,” a local student told NBC News. “To me it reflects the ultimate continued theme of what we’ve seen throughout this nation’s history, where the state protects the states interest.”
Facts Don’t Matter. More discouraging evidence that, as should have been obvious from the first but was strangely perceivable to people like Barack Obama and members of the Democratic National Committee, this “movement” is really a platform for anti-white racism and less concerned with legitimate reform than intimidation, came from Ohio State, scene of the recent terrorist attack. In a Kaboom!-worthy Facebook post (above), the Ohio State University assistant director of residence life, Stephanie Clemons Thompson, urged her followers to have compassion for the Somali refugee killer, Abdul Razak Artan, who had expressed a desire “to kill a billion infidels” and then carried out a car and knife attack on the Ohio State Campus. She also urged people to “think of the pain he must have been in,” and used the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHisName, which BLM uses to denote victims of police racism and brutality.
That’s right, she believes that police shooting a man who was running amuck with a knife, stabbing ten people, were exhibiting brutality and racism, because the man was black. Note that she also called upon her followers not to share her post, which means 1) she knows how outrageous it is and 2) she’s an idiot.
Let’s wait and see: maybe Thompson is not typical of the BLM movement. Maybe rational, responsible, respectable statements regarding Scott will be forthcoming. Maybe Thompson is just an isolated racist wacko, though one who will almost certainly not face any employment consequences at OSU for revealing more compassion for a terrorist than his victims.
This is an ethics test. Let’s see who passes.