*In what can only be seen a really, really, desperate attempt to justify the killing of an unarmed black man, a photo of a man with serious injuries to his face is circulating on the Internet with the caption that it is officer Darren Wilson following a beating by the teen he claims he fought with prior to pumping six bullets into him. If you’ve been visiting another planet since August 9, let me catch you up. Wilson is the cop who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and put the town most of us had never heard of front and center in world news; as protests about the killing and the subsequent unprofessional and inappropriate actions of the police captured the headlines.
Though the circumstances leading up to Brown’s death remains unclear, Ferguson police have said that Wilson’s face was injured in an altercation with Brown moments before the shooting, but we have seen no evidence of these claims to date as Wilson has yet to come forward and speak publicly.
On Tuesday, Chicago firefighter Kevin O’Grady shared a Facebook photo he claimed showed a injured Wilson in the hospital after the incident. I guess he was hoping for the “all white people look alike” cliche to kick in because, as it turned out, the man pictured is not even Darren Wilson. A little fact that didn’t stop the image from going viral.
The sad part of this attempted dupe is that the man in the photo is actually late motocross rider, Jim McNeil, who died in a crash while practicing at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2011. The photo above was taken in 2006 after a motor accident at a friend’s house.
The real Darren Wilson is pictured below.
Despite the fact that these two men look nothing alike, nearly 50,000 shares later social media outlets and blogs re-shared the image and seemed to take it as proof that Brown had attacked Wilson, thereby justifying the six shots that Wilson fired into Brown’s body.
As if there haven’t been other attempts to dupe the public in relation to Ferguson.
Like in August, when Kansas City Police Department Officer Marc Catron posted an image on Facebook of a young man he claimed was Michael Brown. The man in the picture was pointing a gun at the camera and biting down on a wad off cash. Catron’s caption for the image read, “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”
That image was not Michael Brown either. It was Joda Cain, a young Oregon man who is currently facing charges for killing his great-grandmother.
Oh well. Back to the drawing board eh?