A police officer, Marc Catron, on his now-defunct personal facebook page posted a picture of a black man clutching a gun and holding a wad of cash in his mouth stating
I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.
The problem is that the picture is not in fact a picture of Michael Brown. This picture is of Joda Cain – a murdered convicted of killing his grandmother last year with a sledgehammer. Sometimes, however, small things like facts get in the way of confirmation bias and propaganda.
The first to break this as a hoax was The Oregonian who pulled this picture off of Cain’s instagram.
The officer in question is now being reprimanded for violation of social media policy and for inciting racial statements. Should it come as a surprise that a white officer of the law would go ahead and post such provocative and unfounded material to feed the fodder of such a divisive and racial controversy?
Now the picture has begun to gain steam as it is spreading across facebook and other social media sites and being accepted as evidence that Michael Brown is nothing more than a criminal and a gangbanger. It is another attempt by the white conservative idealogues to push the racial narrative and play another black man as nothing more than a worthless criminal.
This picture below is in fact Mike Brown – although it may be hard for Officer Catron may not be able to distinguish the difference because, after all, it’s just another black man.