Sheriff Clarke: ‘Fake News’ Was Hatched by Media in Ferguson With False 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Story

Michael W. Chapman | December 9, 2016 | 12:45pm EST
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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A.

Clarke Jr.  (AP) 

Commenting on the topic of "fake news" stories and how they are exploited by the mainstream media, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said "fake news" was born on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., when the "fake news" of "hands up, don't shoot" was picked up by media such as MSNBC, CNN, and The New York Times to promote their liberal narrative that police officer Darren Wilson deliberately shot and killed Michael Brown.  

The story of Brown holding his hands up and saying don't shoot was completely false, a lie, and yet the liberal media ran with it for weeks. 

On FNC's Hannity on Dec. 8, Sheriff Clarke said, “Fake news has a birth place and a birth day, August 9, 2014, when this widely held, false belief of ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ was propagated by the media. They went down there, it fit their narrative."

"Think about what happened off that fake news," said Sheriff Clarke.  "It changed America. This anti-police sentiment rose out of this. This, what I call the bastard child of ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ Black Lives Matter, grew out of this thing. It swept the country."

"There are people to this day, Sean, who believe that Mike Brown had his hands up and was walking away, with his back turned to [police officer] Darren Wilson when Darren Wilson shot and killed him," said Clarke.  "In fact, we all know that’s a lie."

Clarke continued, "And only one Washington Post writer had the character, had the integrity to admit that it was a lie -- I think it was Jonathan Capehart is his name -- who wrote an op-ed and said, ‘yeah, we got hoodwinked on that thing, it was embarrassing for this industry.’ And he had the courage to do it."

"But to this day, no other media outlet has done it," said Sheriff Clarke. 

David A. Clarke Jr. was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote. In April 2016 he was named Law Enforcement Leader of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association Foundation.


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