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Ron Hosko: Charlotte Shooting Has 'Loud Echoes' of Ferguson

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By    |   Thursday, 01 December 2016 07:57 PM

A police-involved fatal shooting of a black man in Charlotte, N.C. — where prosecutors this week announced the officer had "acted lawfully" — "has very loud echoes from Ferguson," according to former assistant FBI director Ron Hosko.

In an interview with "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV, Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, blasted protests that erupted in the wake of the Sept. 20 fatal shooting of Keith Scott by white Officer Brentley Vinson, saying they "benefited no one other than protesters who want to fan a false narrative."

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"I think this has very loud echoes from Ferguson," he said, referring to the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting death of an unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson.

"In the first hours [after Brown's slaying] there was a completely fictional narrative that was being spewed . . . Those lies were fanned by willing participants in the mainstream media, repeated, it generated protests, and it took months of unraveling the truth until we knew what really happened."

The following March, federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Brown had his hands up when he was shot. 

"We've seen it play out again in Charlotte much to the dismay and I think the cost of government, of law enforcement, of trust in the police, to the city itself, the businesses there, and to Mr. Scott's family," Hosko said.

"The reality was the facts all came back, all lined up in favor of what the police said as true that there was no . . . conspiracy of silence. In fact, the opposite was true," he added.

"And yet we still have protesters taking their time, wasting their time on the streets," he said.

Hosko said both cases have an important lesson to teach.

"My hope would be that the leaders of these sorts of protest would invest their time in telling young men and women of all colors that when you're approached by the police, listen to police instruction and follow it to the best of your ability," he said. "That is one great way to immunize yourself against being shot by the police."

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