FERGUSON, Mo. – It’s been five years since Michael Brown was fatally shot in an altercation with Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Even though a settlement was reached between his family and the city, and the shooting was deemed justified, the case just keeps popping up in conversations in the national spotlight.
So much so that Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is weighing in. Unfortunately for her, what she had to say on the topic is just flat out false.
Warren commemorated the five-year anniversary of Brown’s death by writing on Twitter:
“5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”
Fox News’ Brit Hume took to Twitter to respond saying, “I don’t know which is worse: that she still believes this, or that she knows it’s false and says it anyway.”
Hume also tweeted a reminder that Kamala Harris joined in on advancing an outright lie.
“Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system, Harris tweeted.
Michael Brown’s father was not satisfied with the ruling, and he is now asking prosecutors to reopen the case and further investigate the details of the fatal shooting.
Even as Brown’s father is making that push, a former Missouri police officer and Democratic state lawmaker pushed back Monday on Senator Warren’s actions.
Former Missouri State Representative Jeff Roorda, who is now the head of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, called Warren’s comments “offensive to every police officer in America.”
“Senator Warren is clinging to this false narrative. There’s no reason to do that other than that it pays electoral dividends,” Roorda told Fox & Friends during an interview.
The fatal shooting of Brown not only sparked mass protests in Ferguson, it also led to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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A Missouri grand jury and the Obama Justice Department declined to bring charges against Wilson, who had testified that he acted in self-defense.
Again, the shooting was ruled justified. But Warren has never let things like facts and truth get in the way of her speaking.
The DOJ report stated that there was “no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat.”
Roorda said in that same interview that Warren is “pandering” to her supporters by continuing to claim Brown was murdered.
He also went on to say, “I don’t know what good purpose is served by extending this narrative that the Justice Department, the grand jury rejected flatly. Darren Wilson was acting in self-defense. It’s really exhausting. I mean, we keep dealing, addressing the fantasy of this situation instead of the reality and we just can’t make any progress under those circumstances.”
Roorda said that “villainizing” law enforcement is used by Democrats to get votes from minority communities. He argued that they’re only listening to protesters and excluding communities that want safety.
Please remember, this claim is coming from a Democrat.
He added: “Hillary Clinton lost the election to President Trump the minute that she paraded the mothers of the movement out on the stage at the Democratic National Convention. And if folks in my party don’t figure out that this tired false narrative turns off voters then they’re never going to get the White House back.”
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
US News reported that Michael Brown Sr. says that on the anniversary of his son’s death, he would speak at a news conference in Clayton and urge St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to reopen the case.
It was revealed that Brown, who was 18 at the time, had recently been involved in a strong-armed robbery when confronted by Officer Darren Wilson. Brown eventually battered Wilson to the point the officer discharged his weapon in order to spare himself from great bodily injury or worse.
Officer Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, yet resigned in November 2014 when he was made into a scapegoat by the public.
The shooting caused the nation to explode into controversy over police and the “killing of unarmed black men” narrative and the slogan “Hands Up. Don’t shoot!”
Violent riots broke out, tearing through the city. And they came in waves. The first of those waves wave of ‘unrest’ stemming from the shooting went on from August 9, 2014 – August 25, 2014. The second wave came after Officer Wilson was not indicted and lasted from November 24, 2014 – December 2, 2014. A third wave came August 9, 2015 – August 11, 2015 on the anniversary of Brown’s death. And more may come.
Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jacksonand Wilson in 2015. They cited a police culture hostile to black residents and claimed Wilson used excessive force.
Approximately three years after Brown’s death, his family received a settlement in that lawsuit.
Let’s be clear: Elizabeth Warren is lying here. Michael Brown was not “murdered by a white police officer.” His death was investigated by both federal & local authorities. It was ruled a justifiable shooting. Conclusively. Elizabeth Warren knows this. Shame on her. https://t.co/qTMaLM1kWm
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 10, 2019
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In 2017, the city attorney in Ferguson, Missouri, says the city’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown.
The settlement of the federal lawsuit was originally announced that the figure was “in excess of $75,000.”
Turns out it was a lot higher. It’s unclear whether officials will be willing to give the closed case another look.
Barring new developments or evidence, it should be unlikely that it will be reopened.