Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) thinks that if Kyle Rittenhouse somehow gets acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, some white supremacists will be inspired to shoot at BLM protesters.
Retelling the lie that Michael Brown was “killed” by a white police officer, Cori Bush wrongly claimed this week that white supremacists in Ferguson, MO, would literally hide up in the hills and fire their weapons at protesters.
“When we marched through Ferguson, white supremacists were hiding behind a hill close to where Michael Brown Jr. was killed and they would fire at us,” she said. “They have never faced repercussions. If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it would tell them that even after 7 years they’ll still get away with it.”
When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us.
They never faced consequences.
If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 15, 2021
BLM protestor Ohun Ashe supported the congresswoman’s claim.
This is FACTS! I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out. https://t.co/dqmrcZznXB
— Ohun Ashe 🌻🌼🌞 (@Ohun_Ashe) November 15, 2021
When further pressed for comment, a representative for the Bush campaign claimed that white supremacists opened fire on the congresswoman while offering no specifics.
“While on the frontlines of the Ferguson Uprising, Congresswoman Bush as well as other activists were fired at by white supremacist vigilantes. What we need to ask is why white supremacists feel encouraged to incite violence, open-carry rifles, and put Black lives in danger across America,” the spokesperson stated.
Just one small problem with Bush’s story: it never took place. According to the Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr., a black male, the department doesn’t have a record of such an incident.
“Not that I am aware of,” he told a Webster County citizen.
The only recorded incident of this type described by Bush took place in March 2015 when two police officers making a security line just outside the Ferguson police station were shot, causing protesters to run away. Jeffrey Williams, a black male, was later apprehended and found guilty of the shooting.
Cops guard the Ferguson police department as riots erupt following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on Nov. 24, 2014 in Ferguson, MO.
“One officer was struck in the shoulder; the other, in the cheek,” stated the outlet. “Then St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stated at the time he thought the officers were specifically targeted, and the shooting brought swift condemnation from a broad range of public officials, along with protest leaders, who asserted they renounced violence.”
Williams said that he was not targeting police and was returning fire at an unidentified individual who shot at his car.
Author: Steven Sinclaire