In recognizing the five year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown — a black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer — Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) claimed the young man had been “murdered.”
The Twittersphere wasn’t having it, and Warren was hit with several doses of evidence to the contrary.
What are the details?
On Friday, Warren tweeted, “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.”
Followers quickly noted that President Obama’s Department of Justice investigated the incident, and found no evidence that Brown was murdered. David French of the National Review even provided the senator with an excerpt from the report, which stated, in part:
Given that [Officer Darren] Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects of the testimony of Witness 101, there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was other not posing a threat.
Several people reminded Sen. Warren that Brown was a robbery suspect who was killed after attacking a police officer and that the officer, Darren Wilson, was cleared of wrongdoing in multiple investigations. Others accused Warren of pandering for votes with her message, and several accused her of spreading a falsehood that had already been long debunked. One person wrote, “This is a bald-faced lie.”
The death of Michael Brown sparked widespread protests, looting, and rioting in Ferguson, devastating the city. Activists adopted the chant, “Hands up, Don’t shoot!” based on rumors that Brown was surrendering to Wilson before he was shot. Several eyewitnesses refuted that claim.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the small city outside St. Louis is still bearing the scars from the fallout and struggling to recover.