An official of a nearby village who appeared in Ferguson, Missouri, this week to protest in the aftermath of the shooting of two police officers there says the entire scenario was a “setup” that probably was designed to put police “back into favor.”
It was in a video interview with Fox News that the man, identified in the interview as John Muhammad, made the allegations.
“I think it was a complete setup,” said Muhammad. “I think it was a setup between members of the police fraternity is what I like to call them. I think they operate just like the KKK. I think they did it to make themselves [look like] a victim. Honestly the victims are black people. I think it’s just a publicity stunt. No more than that.”
The Fox interviewer identified the man as a city manager of a nearby town, and online records show that a John C. Muhammad is linked to the village of Uplands Park, which is not far from Ferguson.
A receptionist at a telephone number listed for Uplands Park told WND Friday that Muhammad is a city clerk, not a manager, and that his opinions were his own and did not represent the small community.
The interview was broadcast during Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.
Asked who did the shootings, Muhammad said: “I don’t know. Maybe KKK? Their brothers? I don’t know.”
He said, however, the situation was a “setup” to put the officers “back into favor.”
He warned that “things [are] going to get bigger.”
“We can’t stop now. We have to keep pushing this issue forward, because this is a major problem that black men, black women are being shot down and killed by white police officers, sometimes black, because the problem’s not always these white people.”
He said there would be a “major movement” until “justice comes to black people, until justice comes to Mike Brown, things are not going to stop.”
The two officers were shot early Thursday while standing by as protesters once again occupied the streets of Ferguson.
They were hospitalized, treated and released. One was left with a bullet lodged behind his ear and the other had a wound where a bullet entered his shoulder and exited his back. Police continued Friday to hunt for suspects.
Tensions have been high in Ferguson since last August when a white police officer shot and killed black teen Michael Brown. The officer, Darren Wilson, was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, and the federal government said it could not press civil rights charges, either.
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