Officer Sherry Hall of Jackson, Georgia was arrested on Monday after fabricating a story last month that she had been shot by a black man while on duty, according to the New York Daily News.
Hall alleged that she was shot in the abdomen on September 13 during an encounter with a black suspect who fled the scene into the woods.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Joe Wooten said in a press conference on September 24 that Hall lied about being shot and that she would face several felony charges, which include false statements, tampering with evidence, interfering with government property, and violating oath of office.
During the news conference, Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Milam said, “There is no person out there with a gun shooting at our police officers.”
Hall’s statements are incredibly irresponsible and problematic, especially given the racial tensions across the country stoked by racialized police violence.
The officer reportedly repeated her story in various interviews over the course of the last month and told the WGCL-TV station, “He shot me. I can’t believe he shot me. Why’d he shoot me? I’m just trying to help him.”
Hall described the man who allegedly shot her as a “5’8″ to 6′ black male weighing about 200 pounds,” according to the Free Thought Project.
Georgia police officer Sherry Hall FIRED after shooting herself and blaming a black man pic.twitter.com/VBm7rtXZ1T
— Yukio Strachan (@boldandworthy) September 25, 2016
Hall’s story only furthers the narrative of the so-called “war on cops” that conservatives have pushed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, there is no “war on cops,” and certainly no need for a “Blue Lives Matter” movement. ThinkProgress reports that the job of policing is actually safer now than it once was, noting that the number of on-the-job police deaths has declined over the last three decades.
On the other hand, black communities continue to be struck with trauma and grief as violent and racist policing continues across the country.
This year alone, there have been 824 people killed by police, 201 of whom were black, according to the Guardian’s the Counted, a database that tracks police shootings.
Hall’s case is not an isolated incident, and the narrative that her rhetoric upholds is dangerous. Another Georgia officer was fired — just a few days after Hall was arrested — for sending racist messages on Facebook.
Hall was booked into the Butts County Detention Facility on Monday. She was set to make her first court appearance on Tuesday, My AJC reports.
Confederate battle flag banned — Marine Corps declares it a ‘threat to our core values’
The United States Marine Corps banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on Friday.
"Depictions of the Confederate battle flag are unauthorized in public and work spaces aboard an installation," the Marine Corps wrote in guidance to the troops.
The ban applies to bumper stickers, clothing and flags among other items.
"The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps," the Marines explained.
"Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society," the continued. "The presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline."
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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed
George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.
"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."