Liberal blogger Shaun King is back.
After making media headlines for calling for people to rip down statues and pictures of Jesus (for being depicted as white), people are beginning to talk about King and his own grapples with race relations in a culture that is now more race-sensitive than ever.
Conversations about King have brought up his own past specifically, as the Daily Caller reported last year, an incident where King falsely accused a man of murder. The man was jailed as a result and ultimately took his own life.
From the report:
Houston’s ABC and Fox stations reported that Robert Cantrell, 49, was found dead July 23. Cantrell had been in jail in Montgomery County, just outside of Houston, since Dec. 30, 2018, on evasion and robbery charges.
Cantrell was arrested the same day Jazmine Barnes was gunned down while riding in a car with her mother and siblings. Barnes’s death gained national attention because her mother, LaPorsha Washington, alleged the shooter was white.
Washington alleged the murder was a hate crime, as did Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. A composite sketch of the alleged shooter resembled Cantrell.
King, who is closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, mounted a private investigation of his own into the murder, offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.
According to the report, King worked alongside the Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez during the murder investigation.
King, without evidence, claimed Cantrell was responsible.
On social media, King called him “a racist, violent a*****e.”
“What more can you tell me about Robert Cantrell?” King wrote via the report.
“He was arrested in Houston hours after Jazmine was murdered on another violent crime spree. We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent a*****e and always has been. Just tell me everything you know,” he added, continuing to fan the flames.
The Daily Caller reported King was dead wrong about Cantrell and the identity of Barnes’ killer.
From the report:
It turned out that King was wrong not just on the identity of Barnes’s killers, but also their race. Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe were arrested Jan. 6. Both men are black. They face capital murder charges.
King has deleted his post accusing Cantrell of murder. There is also evidence that he and Gonzalez had received a tip that Black was involved in the shooting a day before King posted Cantrell’s mugshot. King wrote on Instagram after Black’s arrest that he received a tip Jan. 3 that Black was somehow involved in the shooting.
Here’s what some people are saying about King:
The lawyer who he hired for this apologized. King just deleted his social media posts on it.
— Michael (@kc2egl) June 22, 2020
A woman in Houston made a false report of a house "dealing drugs" in Houston a year ago. Shortly after, the police stormed in with a no knock warrant and proceeded to kill the man and his wife. They also shot fellow police officers. No justice.
— Carol M Studio (@carolmstudio) June 22, 2020
It's honestly creepy
— ……….Anyways (@outtaaa) June 22, 2020
I don't understand how he is not called out for using white privilege to gain black privilege and game the system
— Resistance Chicks (@ResistanceChics) June 22, 2020
— DangJay #BLM (@DangJay1) June 22, 2020
Twitter needs to Suspend Shaun King!
— American Warrior 🇺🇸 (@AmericaFighter2) June 23, 2020