Sunday, March 22, 2015

WAPO Admits "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Was False

Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Glenn Kessler's understudy and  henchperson in the Washington Post's "fact checking" arm got around to cleaning up the mess left by the newsroom in its attempts to frame the message around Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson by a white policeman in the line of duty as a crime:

 ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson,

and awards the meme Four Pinocchio's, the maximum, as being a flat out lie. Being a liberal paper however, she finds it necessary to put some pretty wallpaper on the ugly truth:
We care about facts, how they’re used and the context in which the facts are portrayed. In this case, it is important for us to note that the initial “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant after Brown’s shooting has evolved into a message that is no longer connected solely to the Ferguson event. A series of other fatal shootings by police occurred following Brown’s death, and the “Hands up, don’t shoot” came to symbolize the need to hold law enforcement accountable. And the DOJ report on Ferguson Police Department confirmed the agency systemically profiled black residents.
In other words: "Sorry about the lie, folks, but it was more important for us to convey the liberal meme of the day than to strictly adhere to the truth. And the Holder DOJ backed us up by producing a report generically smearing the Ferguson cops, if not the cop who committed the actual deed."

Which is not to say that "Hands up, don't shoot" is still not an important concept. Why just a few days ago three bored basketball players in Philadelphia, who might have looked liked Barack Obama's sons, if he had any sons, killed an innocent man walking his dog in an attempted robbery:

Teen, Suspected of Pulling Trigger in Murder of Man Walking Dog in Overbrook, Surrenders
The three Overbrook boys, armed with a gun and fresh from a game of basketball, searched for their target, police said.

It was 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The boys - ages 14, 15, and 15 - first eyed a man and his dog.

Then Jim Stuhlman appeared on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue with his labradoodle, Molly.

Stuhlman, 51, was older than the first man. And Molly, the boys later told police, looked "weak or soft."

There was a brief struggle. Stuhlman, married and the father of a young daughter, pleaded for his life. He was shot once in the chest. The boys panicked and left Stuhlman's belongings on his mortally wounded body.

"Nothing," said Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark. "Nothing was taken, which makes this even more senseless and even more troubling. Nothing was taken at all, and he lost his life."
Interesting the that police captain would have preferred the robbery aspect of the crime have been more successful.

Rev. Al Sharpton and his portable mob of protesters have not been seen in the area.

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