When a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson last week for the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a curious posting went up on the "Justice for Kelly Thomas" Facebook page that same night. The page shared a photo of a black teen with a wad of cash in his mouth pointing a handgun captioned "Michael Brown."
"This photo is doing the rounds on social media," the Justice for Kelly Thomas page (of which his sister is an administrator) wrote. "Discuss..."
Only problem? It wasn't Brown.
But the Thomas family's potshots at Brown weren't over. Two days later Ron Thomas, Kelly's father, posted a Fox News video on his personal page with the caption "And heres [sic] little "Mikey Brown" as he is leaving the liquor store with his "5 finger discounted" smokes. All 290 pounds of him!
The moves have detractors calling him and his daughter insensitive at best, racist at worst, and tone-deaf to the issue of police brutality all around.More »