Elon Musk tweeted a protection of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown—an unarmed Black man in Ferguson, Missouri again in 2014—early Wednesday earlier than deleting the incendiary publish. Musk stated the police officer was “exonerated” and that the narrative across the capturing was a “fiction.”
Musk’s tweet was apparently prompted by the invention of some Twitter t-shirts on the firm’s San Francisco headquarters that learn “Stay Woke,” printed within the aftermath of the Ferguson rebellion. Musk clearly tweeted the shirts to ridicule them, although his pal, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, as soon as wore the shirt to the Code Conference in 2016 throughout a panel discussing the Black Lives Matter motion.
“#StayWoke shirts stem from the Ferguson protests. Obama’s own DOJ proved this & exonerated the cop. ‘Hands up don’t shoot’ was made up. The whole thing was a fiction,” Musk tweeted early Wednesday.
The tweet included a hyperlink to the Department of Justice report issued in 2015 on the killing of Michael Brown. Musk deleted his tweet with commentary early Wednesday, however reposted the DOJ report, this time with out his editorializing.
The killing of Brown and refusal of native authorities to cost the police officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, set off heated protests in the summertime of 2014 and helped shine a nationwide highlight on the epidemic of police killing unarmed Black individuals. The militarized crackdown on protest that summer season was ruthless, to say the least. And none of these info have been fiction.
But one of many rallying cries from the motion, “hands up don’t shoot,” was picked aside incessantly by right-wing pundits who sought to exonerate the police officer, very similar to Musk continues to be doing as we speak. Witnesses to the capturing claimed Brown had his arms up, although the U.S. Department of Justice investigators didn’t discover this credible. Wilson, who shot Brown at the very least six occasions, claimed that Brown had charged at him and the capturing was in self-defense.
Gizmodo isn’t going to relitigate what occurred in 2014. But we do discover it notable that Musk needs to reopen the injuries of that summer season, both to stoke extra controversy on his social media platform with the hopes that it generates consideration for a web site that’s hemorrhaging advertisers, or just because Musk needs to sign to his right-wing followers that he’s properly and really one in all them. Whatever his aim, Musk succeeded at proving he desperately needs approval from absolutely the worst individuals on the planet.
For the file, the Department of Justice issued two experiences in 2015 in regards to the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Musk tweeted the one in regards to the killing of Michael Brown however didn’t hassle tweeting the report from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division which discovered the Ferguson Police Department had a systemic downside with repeatedly concentrating on Black individuals for essentially the most minor of “crimes.” While Ferguson’s inhabitants was 67% Black within the early 2010s, police knowledge confirmed that Black individuals accounted for 85% of car stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests within the metropolis from 2010 to 2012.
Musk is making it excruciating clear who’s welcome on the brand new Twitter. And it’s individuals who look and discuss like Musk.