Let’s start with this: Filing a false police report is a crime, not a political statement.
Since the Nov. 8 election, so-called “hate crimes” have been reported across the country. The theme is always the same: poor victim attacked, threatened, or intimidated by white, pro-President-elect Donald Trump lunatics.
Just imagine how bad you’d feel if the stories were actually true.
In Malden, Massachusetts, an African-American man reported to police on Tuesday that he was harassed by two white men who used racial slurs, referred to lynching, and warned him, “It’s Trump country now.”
It didn’t happen, according to the Boston Herald.
But — and here’s the good part — he had a really great excuse. “The alleged victim admitted that he had made up the entire story,” saying he wanted to “raise awareness about things that are going on around the country,” said Malden police Chief Kevin Molis.
His punishment for breaking the law? Police warned him about the “damaging effect” to the community’s feelings. No consequences, no criminal charges. On a happy note, Mayor Gary Christenson said, “24 to 48 hours later, here we are feeling better about who we are.”
In Lafayette, Louisiana, a Muslim woman WILL be charged with filing a false report on the day after the election after she admitted to making up a story about two men — one in a Trump hat — robbing her, yelling racial slurs, and stealing her hijab, a head covering sometimes worn by Muslim women. She later admitted to fabricating the story, according to WWLTV.
In Santa Monica, California, Canadian Chris Ball made waves on social media with internet postings claiming he was attacked on Nov. 8 by a group of “Trump supporters who smashed a bottle over his head, according to CBS Los Angeles. However, Santa Monica police said no report was filed with them about such a beating, and a check of local hospitals found “no victim of any such incident admitted or treated as well,” the station reported.
You can’t un-ring the bell. Once a story is irresponsibly reported, the damage is done.