The two senators both tweeted special messages to remember the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, five years ago.
And by special, I mean they told some big, fat, pandering lies.
When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, protesters and activists claimed he was innocent of any wrongdoing and that the killing was a racially motivated murder. Subsequent investigations by President Barack Obama’s DOJ proved both claims to be false.
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.
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.
“The tweets claimed a police officer ‘murdered’ Michael Brown,” Vox wrote. “But that’s not what investigators, including those from the Obama administration, concluded.”
“[T]he evidence, including a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, says otherwise,” Vox added.
“The Justice Department’s 2015 report contradicted many of the protesters’ claims, finding that Wilson likely did have reason to fear for his life and didn’t violate the law in shooting Brown,” Vox explained. “The Warren and Harris campaigns did not return requests for comment.”