Let me better explain this to you.— Shaun King (@shaunking) September 13, 2018
Hours after a stranger shot #BothamJean IN HIS APARTMENT, police got a search warrant to search HIS APARTMENT.
They began their investigation into HIS MURDER by searching through HIS belongings. https://t.co/XMx5r6k8uc
Dallas Fox 4 News has come under fire for its coverage of a recent police shooting case that claimed an innocent man’s life.
Amber Guyger, an off-duty Texas cop, entered the wrong home in her apartment building and reportedly killed her neighbor, an African-American man named Botham Shem Jean. At the time, she said she got into 26-year-old’s apartment because the door was slightly open and she thought she was in her own apartment after returning from a 12-hour shift.
The officer, who has since been charged with manslaughter, explained the room was completely dark at the time she fired. It was only after the officer turned on the lights that she realized she was in the wrong apartment which was one floor below her own apartment.
While her statement has sparked controversy, it was the search of the victim’s apartment that prompted people to question if the law enforcement officials were trying to somehow discredit the man who was shot and killed in his own apartment.
Unfortunately, the answer to that question appears to be affirmative.
According to a search warrant affidavit, officers seized “two fired cartridge casings, one laptop, a ballistic police vest, a backpack with police equipment and paperwork, two radio frequency identification keys, 10.4 grams of marijuana (equal to less than half an ounce) and a marijuana grinder, among other things” from the man’s apartment.
Now, while other news outlets focused on what items belonged to whom and talked about the two bullet casings found on the crime scene, a Fox station decided to focus on the marijuana allegedly seized from Jean’s home.
Because when a person of color is killed by a cop, it’s mandatory for all of his past alleged crimes to be drudged up and broadcasted on TV, right?
“They immediately began to smear him,” Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Jean’s family, told The Associated Press, referring to the police search. While Attorney Benjamin Crump, who is also representing the victim’s family, claimed the weed was “nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate his character now that they have assassinated his person.”
Activists, media personalities, politicians and regular social media users had a lot to say about the irrelevant and defamatory tweet.
This is the postmortem character assassination of #BothamJean .— Cornell William Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) September 14, 2018
This character attack is like when Emmet Till was accused of leering at a White woman (who lied) to legitimate his lynching.
An after death marijuana possession charge does NOT legitimate a homicide. @nytimes https://t.co/Wk5P604nr0
If there was an award for the worst journalism this would be a really strong contender. Congratulations to everyone at Fox 4 News. https://t.co/L9Z5rNus1b— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) September 13, 2018
Well then I guess it’s fine he was shot for no reason in his own apartment for doing nothing https://t.co/NgbGOFCjS6— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 13, 2018
DEVELOPING: All manner of drugs found in the homes of every person employed at @FOX4 because you have to be high af to run this shit.— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) September 13, 2018
This smear is despicable. The man was minding his own business in his home when an intruder tried to break in and then killed him.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 13, 2018
Go to hell https://t.co/dzm5FLwLUD— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 13, 2018
Hi @FOX4 As a journalism prof eager to teach good news judgement to next gen of reporters, I'm curious about your headline. Of all the things found in that apartment, why does this makes headline and not laptop, lunchbox--or cartridge casings? Please explain. #osunsewsclass https://t.co/RYVBcalIRX— Nicole Kraft (@Nicole_Kraft) September 13, 2018
Utterly irrelevant. He could have been running the world’s largest illegal marijuana dispensary and that would make no difference whatsoever to the facts, or change that he was the innocent victim here. https://t.co/vg10daKKuo— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 13, 2018
Even NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch chimed in:
How is this germane to what happened? https://t.co/83LrJMHztu— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 13, 2018
Her tweet appeared to be a testament to how offensive Fox station’s tweet really was.
Dear Fox News: When you have lost Dana Loesch, you know you are really, really wrong. https://t.co/lLCrhuslYk— Andrew Lazarus (@AndrewLazarus4) September 14, 2018
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