NBC’s John Yang first interviewed alleged Michael Brown shooting witness, Piaget Crenshaw, Gotnews.com has learned thanks to Twitter tipsters.
GotNews.com showed yesterday how Crenshaw was being coached by Black Panther chairwoman Dacia Polk and how Crenshaw’s testimony had gaping holes making her an unreliable witness. (Read: “Fraud: Ferguson Witness Coached By The Black Panthers?“)
— M schlesinger (@ms15303) September 1, 2014
“I saw the police chase him … down the street and shoot him down,” Crenshaw told interviewer John Yang. “Brown ran about 20 feet.”
Piaget Crenshaw was one of the first witnesses who alleged to have seen Michael Brown gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson but a video uploaded onto Facebook on August 11, two days after Michael Brown was shot, raises serious questions about her reliability as a witness.
The video was shot by none other than Dacia Polk, chairwoman of the St. Louis Black Panthers. Polk has her own reasons for hating on the police. She was arrested for biting and kicking them in mid-August.
Crenshaw repeatedly described the shooting as “murder” though she admits she never saw the shots fired–only that other people did and told her about it.
Why then does MNSBC’s Chris Hayes call her a “witness to shooting”?
“He had his arms up and when someone has their arms up and you shoot them, that’s murder,” Crenshaw can be heard saying, but no where does Crenshaw say who told her that or why it’s murder.
CNN has built up Crenshaw’s credibility, featuring her on the program repeatedly, including with Anderson Cooper. So, too, has MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
But watch and listen to the interview she uses words like “allegedly” to describe what she saw. It’s clear that Crenshaw is not a credible witness. So why did MSNBC and CNN feature her?
Who is “they”? Who are the “other people”? Where is this information coming from?
Yang doesn’t push Crenshaw to answer these questions. Crenshaw was quick to politicize the shooting. “This is another Trayvon Martin story. A young man died before his time because of brutality from a different race,” Crenshaw told Fox 2 News in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. “This is racial profiling.”
Crenshaw’s testimony simply isn’t to be believed. She never saw the shooting.
We asked John Yang why he ran with it.
We will update it when we get a response.