A Missouri newspaper columnist recounted his harrowing tale of racist, white police officers for conducting an illegal stop of his vehicle.
Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey has refuted a June 30 opinion column by longtime Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Bill Clark, who was stopped 10 days earlier for failing to use his turn signal. Clark, an 84-year-old white man, suggested he might’ve been pulled over because of his “liberal bumper stickers,” an obvious sign of an “aging hippie with a weed habit,” he claimed.
Clark, who claimed he received a “good dose of arrogance” during the stop, said he understands how someone could lose respect for cops after the stop, saying his life “seemed to be in danger” during the interaction with two deputies.
Sadly, Mr. Clark was unfamiliar with this new-fangled invention called a dashcam.
But a review of dashcam video told a different story, according to Carey, who contacted the newspaper’s managing editor, Charles Westmoreland, to disagree with Clark’s version of events. Carey also released the 11-minute video and penned an 1,800-word response to Clark’s column, blasting it as “sensationalism” and disputed the claims of “arrogance” on behalf of the deputies.
“In his column he indicates, ‘I’m lucky I didn’t get shot,’” Carey wrote. “There is never a weapon drawn, the deputies don’t take a position of cover, there are no loud verbal commands, no panic or anything else for that matter by the deputies. Would you agree this is sensationalism at its best? I say yes!”
The video is posted at the link, and it’s rather damning. In no way were these deputies arrogant, violent, or even intimidating. In fact, Clark is the one raising his voice and giving the officers a hard time. There is, however, a silver lining…
Meanwhile, the newspaper’s managing editor said Clark has been suspended indefinitely and his column won’t appear again until further review.
Excellent. People like Bill Clark need to be exposed as liars, publicly shunned, and have their Ensure spiked with ipecac syrup.
UPDATE: Clark’s original fake news article can be found here.