Friday, August 22, 2014

NOT a picture of an innocent young black guy

One of Walt's agents sent this along.

Was it photoshopped or otherwise faked? Dunno. Was it really lifted from the Facebook page of a recently deceased unarmed black teenager? Ditto. Who arethese guys, anyway? Surely not the late Michael Brown and his accomplice in the Great Cigar Heist!

Hey, I said "NOT the late Michael Brown". Shame on you (and 1000s of others) for thinking what you thought. According to the NewsOne website (for Black America), one of these guys is Micus Brown and the other one is his cousin Joda Cain, both of Portland OR. (Walt's not sure which is which.)

NewsOne reports that Joda, 17, is accused of murdering his great-grandmother at her home in Portland, Oregon then stealing her car to flee the area. He and his cousin, Micus Ward, 19, allegedly killed the 71-year-old grandma after a party they threw at her home. When Cain was planning the party, friends asked him would the noise bother his great-grandmother and he allegedly said, "Don’t worry, I’ll hit her. I’ll knock her out."

How did this picture get all over the Internet, then? Apparently it was posted by Marc Catron, an officer of the Kansas City police. Officer Catron is reportedly under "internal review" following Facebook posts about Michael Brown, including this photo.

Was there any text? Errr, yes. The caption above the photo reads "I'm sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I'm sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community." For good measure, Officer Catron added, "Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither."

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