Stuart Doster should be arrested and charged with something. I'm not sure what but CPD should deter future misrepresentations and wastes of time like Mr. Doster's story.
He lied to authorities and wasted valuable resources that could have been used to solve real crimes. In addition, his elected official buddy co-signs his falsehoods about black youth terrorizing downtown Chattanooga and made others feel unsafe downtown.
He was the problem on this occasion.
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I agree with Ms.
Dean. It's lies like these that got young men, a few women too, hanging from trees, posts and bridge rafters like holiday ornaments and "strange fruit."
In more recent times, 21st century even, the lies were the cause of far too many, mainly young black males, my sons included, being unnecessarily harassed by police, racial divides in communities that has never fully healed and mistrust in police.
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And let's not forget the king of false alarms Jussie Smollett. Perpetuating the false and racially charged narrative of an attack by two white men, which he and his two accomplices orchestrated. The case of Smollett filing a false police report and lying to police was wrongly dismissed by Rouge Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Smollett has since been re-charged and since 2019 to the present, the case has not been adjudicated. Since Smollett filed a false police report, there is an attempt to have him pay for the investigation into his claims.
Don't forget Tawana Brawley who claimed four white men raped her. A false alarm kept alive by Al Sharpton. Ultimately the four men were exonerated by jury trial.
And don't forget the three white Duke University Lacrosse team members accused of raping a black woman. Another false alarm kept alive by rogue prosecutor Nifong. Charges were eventually dropped, but the damage to the individuals, the justice system and community was severe.
These are just a few examples of racially charged lies that have caused far too many, mainly young white males, being unnecessarily harassed by the justice system and society. These false alarms cause racial divides in communities that never fully heal.
Sadly Brenda, it works both sides of the racial aisle. So, in your moments of victimizing, maybe you can take comfort there are others on the other side of the racial aisle who have had bad outcomes of prejudicial accusations as mentioned above. Maybe, you can let go the
referencing of poplar trees, bridge rafters and lamp posts of days long since past.
In the present Chattanooga "false alarm" incident, you should commend the police department you so often rail against. They appear to have conducted a pretty good investigation and concluded this incident, as reported by Mr. Doster, as very likely false. A win-win for all parties except for the Mr. Doster making those Facebook accusations. From what I've read, Mr. Doster only posted to Facebook on his "experiences" that night and didn't file a police report. So, at most, he may only feel the sting of public scorn.