In the turbulent wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the man who claimed he witnessed Police Officer Darren Wilson shoot Brown in the back last summer, the man who started the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative proven to be a lie, the man who just announced he would sue the city of Ferguson as well as former officer Wilson — this man, Dorian Johnson, has reportedly been arrested…again.
CNN reports that Johnson’s latest run-in with the law — yes, there have been previous legal entanglements — came on the same day Johnson’s attorney said his client would file suit because of “psychological scars and emotional distress”:
Officers arrested Johnson Wednesday after he allegedly interfered with an arrest and was seen “discarding suspected narcotics on the ground,” St. Louis County Police spokeswoman Leah K. Freeman said.
ABC17 News in Missouri noted in August of last year that then-22-year-old Johnson was wanted on an outstanding warrant for stealing in Jefferson City. The same news outlet said he had also been charged with filing a false police report in 2011.
Breitbart reminds us that it was Johnson who initially told investigators looking into Brown’s death at the hands of Officer Wilson that his friend was brutally gunned down — shot in the back — by a vicious, white cop:
It was Dorian Johnson that initially claimed Michael Brown had his hands up and said, ‘I don’t have a gun, stop shooting.’ That led to the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ meme and eventually protest chant that characterized August’s angry protests.
Of course, official probes into the Michael Brown death found no cause to indict Darren Wilson, who has since resigned from the Ferguson police force.
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In the days immediately following Brown’s death — as Ferguson began to feel the destructive anger of crowds incensed in part by the false “hands up, don’t shoot” meme — Johnson was elevated into something of a media sensation as he appeared on numerous news shows, assuming the role of a sincere and credible witness horrified by the death of his “gentle giant” friend.