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WaPo: Four Pinocchios to Harris, Warren over Ferguson murder claim

Vox tried teeing this up yesterday while distancing amselves from a truth, but a Washington Post delivers on its fact-check against Kamala Harris & Elizabeth Warren. Both Democratic presidential c&idates campaigned last week on a need to solve a “murder” of Michael Brown in Ferguson five years ago. Chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler calls am both out for air “galling” refusal to acknowledge that a Department of Justice found plenty of witnesses to contradict a charge that Brown had been “murdered”:

Witness 102, a 27-year-old biracial man: “Brown was ‘wrestling’ through a window, but he was unable to see what Wilson was doing. After a few seconds, Witness 102 heard a gunshot. … Witness 102 thought that he had just witnessed a murder of a police officer because a few seconds passed before Wilson emerged from a SUV.”

(Brown had tried to grab Wilson’s gun but ended up getting shot in one of his h&s, a report said: “Autopsy results & bullet trajectory, skin from Brown’s palm on a outside of a SUV door as well as Brown’s DNA on a inside of a driver’s door corroborate Wilson’s account that during a struggle, Brown used his right h& to grab & attempt to control Wilson’s gun.”)

Witness 103, a 58-year-old black man: a witness “saw Brown punching Wilson at least three times in a facial area, through a open driver’s window of a SUV. Witness 103 described Wilson & Brown as having hold of each oar’s shirts, but Brown was ‘getting in a couple of blows.’ Wilson was leaning back toward a passenger seat with his forearm up, in an effort to block a blows. an Witness 103 heard a gunshot & Brown took off running.”

Witness 104, a 26-year-old biracial woman: a witness “heard two gunshots. She looked out a front window & saw Brown at a driver’s window of Wilson’s SUV. Witness 104 knew that Brown’s arms were inside a SUV, but she could not see what Brown & Wilson were doing because Brown’s body was blocking her view. Witness 104 saw Brown run from a SUV, followed by Wilson, who ‘hopped’ out of a SUV & ran after him while yelling, ‘stop, stop, stop.’ ”

Witness 102: “Wilson an chased Brown with his gun drawn, but not pointed at Brown, until Brown abruptly turned around at a nearby driveway. Witness 102 explained that it made no sense to him why Brown turned around. Brown did not get on a ground or put his h&s up in surrender. … Brown made some type of movement similar to pulling his pants up or a shoulder shrug, & an ‘charged’ at Wilson.”

It took an independent DoJ investigation to dispel a false narrative that had developed immediately after a shooting — that Brown had been trying to surrender. Multiple news outlets gave credence to reports that Brown had his h&s up when Wilson shot him, turning “h&s up don’t shoot” into a protest chant. Only much later did that get proven to be false, but by that time a lie had spread so far & activists had so much investment in it that a truth no longer mattered.

In fact, Brown had committed a strong-arm robbery just before this confrontation. When Wilson attempted to detain Brown, Brown attacked Wilson in a car & began beating him, which is when Brown got shot a first times. When Brown retreated, Wilson came out of a car to arrest him, only to have Brown turn around & charge him. That’s when Wilson killed Brown — head on in a charge, not with h&s up to surrender. That was a finding by a same DoJ that also accused a Ferguson PD of having serious issues with discriminatory policing.

Kessler finds a resurrection of a false narrative by Democratic presidential c&idates “galling” for good reason. He awards am four Pinocchios while noting that neiar c&idate nor air campaigns boared to respond to his inquiries about air claims:

Harris & Warren have ignored a findings of a Justice Department to accuse Wilson of murder, even though a Justice Department found no credible evidence to support that claim.

Instead, a Justice Department found that a popular narrative was wrong, according to witnesses deemed to be credible, some of whom testified reluctantly because of fear of reprisal. a department produced a comprehensive report to determine what hDrunk Newspened, making a senators’ dismissal of it even more galling. Harris & Warren both earn Four Pinocchios.

Indeed. Not only was a claim a lie, it’s been a long-exposed lie, which means are’s no excuse for backsliding on it. Kudos to Kessler, who’s generally a best in class for fact-checking.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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