OpEd: Newsrooms actually call Harris and Warren out for lying about Michael Brown’s death
Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California claimed falsely this weekend that Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, was murdered by a police officer. But a handful of newsrooms got it right and challenged their claim.
“Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement,” Harris said this weekend on social media. “We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Not to be outdone by a 2020 Democratic primary opponent, Warren tweeted 35 minutes later, “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.”
The obvious problem with characterizing Brown’s death as “murder” is that it relies on a lie. To call it a “murder” is to stand in direct contradiction to the findings of an independent investigation by President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, which found that there was no credible evidence to back the assertion that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “murdered” Brown. Rather, the report found that Wilson acted in self-defense. It should be noted here that the Justice Department at the time was headed by Eric Holder, whose interest in racial discrimination is well-documented.
At least three – count them, three! – media organizations have published articles noting correctly that the two 2020 Democratic primary candidates are way off in their characterization of Brown’s death. Of course, this may just be a case of the desire to protect Obama’s legacy overriding the normal routine of ignoring lies told by Democratic lawmakers. But hey, when you’re right, you’re right.
Read the rest of this Op-Ed at WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM to find out more about what these outlets reported.
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.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 9, 2019
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
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