The outrage machine was getting ready to crank up to full speed over another incident involving the use of lethal force by a cop.
The officer involved was — so far as that crowd is concerned — presumed guilty of deliberately murdering a black man.
Why wouldn’t he be? That’s the default they fall to. When cops are involved innocence, rather than guilt, must be proven.
History has shown us that even the f\ull exonerations of cops are held in doubt by activists, Democrats, and their media enablers. Old narratives are resurrected, however discredited they might be.
The case of Deon Kay was heading down the same path. He would be one more ‘victim’ whose name we are obligated to ‘say’.
Here’s the innocent victim narrative they ran with from the get-go…
BREAKING: Body camera footage just released from yesterday's fatal shooting of 18yo Deon Kay in DC. The officer could have used "less-lethal tactics" but chose to SHOOT him instead… Even after he threw his gun on the ground. We need police reform NOW. #JusticeForDeonKay pic.twitter.com/4QR4htb82Q
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 3, 2020
There’s more than one problem with that.
Is he an ‘innocent victim’? Hardly.
In a noon news conference, D.C. Police Chief Pete Newsham stressed that Kay’s death is a tragedy.
According to the chief, Kay had a history with law enforcement and was a confirmed member of a local gang.
“I’m sure Deon Kay fell through multiple safety nets before yesterday afternoon,” Newsham noted. —Fox5
Was this a gratuitous use of force? Nope.
Not only did they say Deon Kay was unarmed, they said he was shot in the back. Both lines were a false disinformation narrative spread by race activists who did not wait for any evidence.
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) September 3, 2020
Video contradicts that innocent victim narrative.
No, not this one…
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 3, 2020
Or this one…
This is Deon Kay, the suspect that DC police shot after he pulled a gun on them. BLM Inc is outraged, of course, about the shooting. They don’t want this video of Deon Kay and his crew retweeted.
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) September 4, 2020
The one from which this still shot was taken. What’s that in his right hand?
ICYMI: @DCPoliceDept released the body camera footage from a Wednesday afternoon police shooting that left 18-year-old Deon Kay dead.
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) September 3, 2020
He’s not a child.
He’s not innocent.
He’s not a victim.
And now… he’s no longer alive to threaten anyone else’s life.
None of these details will deter the activists from using his name to whip up anger and (more importantly!) fundraising.