Hillary Poured Gasoline on Charlotte
Clinton joins rush to condemn police before details emerge, 16 officers injured in resulting riot
by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 21 Sep 2016 at 5:05 PM
Hillary Clinton pounced on late-breaking news Tuesday of two fatal police shootings of a black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In a direct tweet from the Democratic presidential nominee herself — marked by an “-H” — Clinton tweeted at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, “Another unarmed Black man was shot in a police incident. This should be intolerable. We have so much work to do.”
Another unarmed Black man was shot in a police incident. This should be intolerable. We have so much work to do.
10:35 AM – 20 Sep 2016
Though Clinton was talking about the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, her inflammatory weight-in no doubt helped incite the violent riots that left 16 police injured in Charlotte.
Brentley Vinson — a black police officer — shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a father of seven, in a parking lot while serving a warrant to a different man in the adjacent apartment complex Tuesday in North Carolina’s largest city. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has said that Scott was holding a gun and pointed to eyewitness accounts that back up the police account.
“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said, according to KTLA-5.
Details of the Tulsa, Oklahoma shooting were certainly limited at the time Clinton sent her tweet, with just an ABC affiliate reporting the shooting victim was unarmed.
Waiting to know the facts didn’t stop Clinton, and others held hostage by their allegiance to the Black Lives Matter movement, from rushing to judgement on the incident.
The incident is particularly iconic coming just days after the liberal media pounced all over Republican nominee Donald Trump for immediately calling the weekend explosions in New York and New Jersey the results of a terrorist bombing before that was confirmed by law enforcement. It turned out the explosions did indeed arise from jihadist bombs.
“[Trump’s] being criticized for talking about the New York bomb before local officials or local law enforcement had a chance to do so,” CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Sunday. “And his opponent tried to draw a contrast. She waited hours later, until local officials spoke, and then she said this.”
Tapper then proceeded to air a conveniently edited clip that omitted Clinton mentioning the “bombings in New York and New Jersey,” emphasizing instead Clinton saying, “I think it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this. I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions.”
Tapper implies Trump reaction to ‘bombings’ inappropriate, edits clip of Clinton saying same thing
Similar to other recent police-shooting incidents, a social media wave that included Clinton’s tweet precipitated violent protests across the city of Charlotte.
Chanting “No justice, no peace,” the protesters stormed Interstate 85 as TV footage showed them appearing to loot semi trucks and setting the objects on fire on the highway. Others chucked rocks and bottles at police officers gathered to monitor the riot, including striking one officer in the face with a rock. The protesters also jumped on at least one police van and stomped on it while smashing its windows. Police ultimately dispersed tear gas in an attempt to control and clear the streets at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday. At least seven bystanders who sustained injuries were taken to the hospital and at least five protesters were arrested.
At least 16 police officers were injured in the clash.
The mainstream media, of course, is unlikely to press Clinton or her campaign for her role in inciting violence against police officers and for misleading the public on a law enforcement incident before the facts were known.
“We have got to tackle systemic racism,” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” while addressing last week’s police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “And maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, ‘Look, this is not who we are’ … We have got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”