Elon Musk Defends Police Killing of Unarmed Black Man in Ferguson

Police escort protesters from the business district to neighborhoods after the police killing of Michael Brown on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Elon Musk tweeted a defense of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown — an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 — before deleting the post of the fire early Wednesday.. Musk said the police officer was “outed” and that the narrative surrounding the shooting was a “fictitious one.”

Musk’s tweet was apparently prompted by the discovery of some Twitter T-shirts at the company’s San Francisco headquarters with the words “Stay Walk” printed on them after the Ferguson uprising. Musk apparently tweeted to mock the shirts, even though his friend, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, once wore the shirt to a code conference. In 2016 During a panel discussing the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The #StayWoke shirt originates from the Ferguson protests. Obama’s own DOJ proved it and exonerated the police. ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ was created. The whole thing was a fiction,” Musk tweeted early Wednesday.

A tweet billionaire Elon Musk sent early Wednesday morning and then deleted.
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The tweet included a link to a Department of Defense report issued in 2015 on the killing of Michael Brown. Musk deleted his tweet with the commentary early Wednesday, but this time reposted the DOJ report without his editorial.

The refusal of local authorities to kill Brown and charge the police officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, sparked heated protests in the summer of 2014 and helped shine a national spotlight on police in an epidemic of killings of unarmed black men. The militarized The crackdown on protests that summer was brutal, to say the least. And none of these events were fictional.

But one of the movement’s rallying cries, “hands up, don’t shoot,” was consistently picked up by right-wing pundits who wanted to exonerate the police officer, much like Musk is doing today. Witnesses to the shooting claimed that Brown raised his hands, although U.S. Justice Department investigators did not find that credible. Wilson, who shot Brown at least six times, claimed that Brown charged at him and that the shooting was in self-defense.

Gizmodo isn’t going to recreate what happened in 2014. But we note that Musk wants to reopen those summer wounds, either to stir up more controversy on his social media platforms Attention to a site hemorrhaging advertisers, or simply because Musk wants to signal to his right-wing fans that he’s well and truly one of them. Whatever his goals, Musk has succeeded in proving that he desperately seeks approval from the meanest people on the planet.

For the record, the Justice Department issued two reports in 2015 about the police in Ferguson, Missouri. Musk tweeted about Michael Brown’s murder but didn’t bother to tweet the report. of the DOJ Department of Civil Rights Which found that the Ferguson Police Department had a systemic problem with regularly targeting black people for the most minor of “crimes.” Although Ferguson’s population was 67% black in the early 2010sPolice data showed that black people accounted for 85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations and 93% of arrests in the city from 2010 to 2012.

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