“’The department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public,’ DPS said in a statement shortly after the video was released to the public.”
“King, a Black Lives Matter activist and former writer with the New York Daily News, addressed Dixon-Cole’s false accusation in a Medium article Wednesday.”
“I can’t even begin to make sense of why someone would concoct such an awful story — particularly in light of the reality that both police brutality and sexual assaults are a very real crisis in this nation. It does a tremendous disservice to actual victims when something horrible like this is fabricated. It provides an unfair spotlight to a good cop and undeserved cover for the bad ones who will try to use an incident like this as false proof of their innocence.”
As some people remark in the comments, he fails to apolize for his own role in this drama that caused so much harm to an innocent officer and his family:
“While I applaud this post, I also believe that “I am deeply sorry and apologize to Officer Hubbard and his family for my role in spreading this false information and causing them harm” is warranted. Perhaps you posted it elsewhere? It is really needed here.” – tlcoles
King continues in his post:
“I trusted a very reliable source in this case that I have known for many years. But even in spite of trusting that source, I poked and prodded for holes and was repeatedly assured that Sherita Dixon-Cole has never and would never fake something like this. She proved them all wrong. In most sexual assault cases, all you have is someone’s word and every person connected to Sherita Dixon-Cole believed her words in this case. I regret that I did. Hindsight is 20/20.”
That’s why it is so important to check facts before believing anyone. In our society we have replaced facts with felt sense, knowing truth with feeling truth.
Shaun King goes on:
“Every single day I receive hundreds of requests to assist people who’ve been truly victimized in one way or another. I can count on one hand the times I’ve been lied to.”
As another commentor says:
“You can count on one hand all the people who lied to you? If it wasnt for this body camera you never would have known she lied. You dont know how many people have lied to you.” – jason t wagner
Failing to check facts and condemn someone without due process is abuse that in the age of internet can easily turn into a modern day witch hunt.