Ellis County, TX – After activist-writer Shaun King told the world that a trooper kidnapped and raped a woman, while threatening to murder her fiance, bodycam video was released that proved all of the allegations were lies.
Now Shaun King is claiming that he’s a victim, has refused to apologize, and threw in new lies about the trooper that he had falsely accused.
If you haven’t seen the full accusations against the trooper, you should go read it now.
The recap, Shaun King definitively stated that a Texas trooper stopped Sherita Dixon Cole, arrested her because she had an attitude, groped her, threatened to murder her fiance and plant a gun on his body, drove her behind an abandoned car dealership and raped her, then booked her into jail on false charges.
The 2-hour long bodycam video very clearly showed that the woman was arrested for DUI, and it’s impossible for any of the allegations to be true.
While Dixon Cole was still in custody and being booked, King somehow obtained the fabricated details of his long story and posted all allegations as if they definitively happened. King also included the trooper’s name in his story.
The post instantly resulted in thousands of people flooding the jail with phone calls so that they don’t “Sandra Bland” Dixon Cole.
Sandra Bland killed herself while in a jail in 2015, and anti-police conspiracy theorists say that she was actually murdered by police who staged a suicide, and that she was actually dead when they took her mugshot using her body.
The mob then misidentified another law enforcement officer as the arresting officer because he had the same last name. They then began to post his phone number, his wife’s information, and the information of other family members online.
The posts came with numerous death threats.
The Dixon Cole’s attorney, Lee Merritt, had also made similar accusations against the trooper, but he had only stated them as accusations and did not make definitive statements like King did.
Merritt had previously made false claims against another officer which was disproved by bodycam video in January. After that false claim, Merritt refused to apologize and simply told people that the claims were false.
He was also accused of practicing law without a Texas license.
However, after the latest bodycam was released following the rape allegations, even Merritt had the decency to apologize.
“It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern,” Merritt said.
But Shaun King lacks even the decency of an attorney with a shady history.
In a lengthy response, Shaun King lied and suggested that the video shows that the trooper lacked probable cause to arrest Dixon Cole.
“The officer administered a DUI test and she passed every physical requirement and request over the course of twenty straight minutes of being examined,” King said. This is not true.
The video clearly shows Dixon Cole giving numerous clues of impairment on the scientifically-validated standardized field sobriety tests.
He does admit that the accusations against the trooper are clearly false.
“Earlier today I was able to review nearly two hours of body camera footage provided by the police department,” King said. “The footage appears to be authentic and trustworthy. At no time does it show any of the horrible allegations originally made by Sherita Dixon-Cole. The officer never threatens her or her fiancé as she described. No sexual assault of any kind takes place. From all indications the officer, Daniel Hubbard, was very professional and patient throughout the ordeal. The whole thing was rather routine and painfully normal.”
But what is most disturbing is that King claims that he’s a victim and fails to acknowledge or apologize his role in victimizing a falsely-accused trooper.
“But Sherita Dixon-Cole is not one of those victims. She victimized us. She victimized the man she falsely accused and she victimized those who stood up for her — believing that she had experienced the worst crimes,” King posted.
King’s post admitting that he spread false information is estimated to have been shared about 1/20th as much as his original post with the false accusations.