Last week a California woman was allegedly abducted and held for ransom. The woman, Denise Huskins, was found a few days later, unharmed. Police now believe that the kidnapping was really a hoax perpetuated by Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn.
Investigators expressed disgust over the lost time and high cost of looking for Huskins, when she was apparently never in danger at all.
Last I heard, the couple is under investigation and may face criminal charges in the hoax.
That got me thinking about Dorian Johnson. Remember him? Johnson is the inventor of the infamous “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. He actually said that Michael Brown was kneeling on the ground while Darren Wilson was shooting him. He then said that Brown, turned and said, “I have my hands up, stop shooting me.” It was an amazing story.
It set off a firestorm – there were months of riots in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. Many store owners and businesses were looted, burned and destroyed. Two officers were shot dead in New York thanks to the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Two more officers were shot in Ferguson just recently. The president and the attorney general even used this false narrative to condemn all of America as inherently racist.
What kind of charges is Dorian Johnson facing? Is he going to be punished in any way for telling a lie that caused so much harm and destruction?
Huskins and Quinn should be punished. In addition to causing unbelievable distress to her family and the town, the hoax placed a cruel and unnecessary burden on the police department.
They should definitely face charges, and Dorian Johnson should, too.