Elizabeth Warren Defends False Claim Michael Brown Was ‘Murdered’

FRANCONIA, Grafton County, New Hampshire — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday defended her false claim last week that 18-year-old Michael Brown had been “murdered” by police in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

Speaking to reporters after a town hall event in Franconia, New Hampshire, Warren said that Brown had been unarmed when he was shot “in the middle of the street, by police officers, and left to die.”

The 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. That much is true.

However, left-wing activists falsely claimed at the time that Brown was innocent of any crime; had been shot in the back; and had put his hands over his head and said, “Don’t shoot!” (hence the slogan, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”).

The incident revitalized the “Black Lives Matter” movement, bringing focus to claims of police brutality — but also bringing unrest to many American cities, and prompting police to pull back from fighting crime in black neighborhoods. Race relations, according to Gallup polls, suffered a decline from which they have not recovered.

The U.S. Department of Justice under President Barack Obama, after an extensive investigation, found evidence that Brown had not been murdered, and that he had probably attacked Wilson first, reaching for his gun (and shooting his own thumb during the scuffle). Brown had also been charging Wilson later when the shots were fired.

The Department of Justice concluded that Officer Wilson’s use of force could not be described as “objectively unreasonable.” It added: “Accordingly … it is not appropriate to present this matter to a federal grand jury for indictment, and it should therefore be closed without prosecution. ”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), also running for president, made a similar claim in a tweet of her own on Friday. The Washington Post‘s left-leaning fact-checker awarded Warren and Harris’s claim that Brown was murdered “Four Pinnochios.”

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