VIA| By now we all know what happened over the work week, and by now we all know there are many different theories going around. Some are wildly insane, but some have some ground to them. In my own opinion, the incident is more than fishy.
As I stated in a past article which you can read here, the first thing I noticed was the color change of the shirt the shooter was wearing. As you see in the photos provided in the article, it goes from blue plaid, to a solid black shirt. Some people say it’s the lighting, which shouldn’t be ruled out, but considering the other inconsistencies anything is very plausible. Of course we could even look at it from another angle, the photo where his shirt looks black could have been tampered with to make it look black. I can’t rule anything out.
I haven’t gone down the crisis actors route, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to at least do some digging on that aspect of it. Something that was brought to my attention this morning was a photo. This could mean nothing and be coincidental of course, but it’s worth taking into a consideration. I mean after all, when you investigate you should look at every angle you can before making any sort of responsible decision, right? This photo could simply be what it says it is.
At this point, most people have probably seen and heard it all, right?
To get to my other point, two BBC journalists who were covering the Virginia shooting, say that they were threatened by Virginia police after filming the scene where the gunman Bryce Williams crashed and killed himself. They also said a police officer threatened to confiscate their camera and car if they did not delete their footage.
White House reporter Tara McKelvey and videojournalist Fraz Strasser were among the first to arrive at the scene on I-66, where Bryce Williams – also known as Vester Flanagan – crashed his vehicle and shot himself hours after killing journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward during a live news broadcast in Virginia.
Strasser tweeted that he and McKelvey were told the footage “could be evidence,” and that they were forced to delete it. He added that a cop by the name of Officer Clark threatened to tow their car because it was apparently illegally parked.
Strasser said the officer watched him delete his file and let him go. Another officer reportedly “apologized and said we have to understand,” he tweeted.
He noted, however, that the fact that law enforcement wanted to delete “evidence” made him “question their reasoning.”
Strasser said that he decided to delete the footage because “it was either not being able to work for the rest of the day, without camera or car, or delete crappy footage from far away.” He added that he “chose the latter.”
Both Strasser and McKelvery were able to recover some photos from the moment they were asked to delete their footage.
Virginia police officers acted unlawfully when ordering the journalists to delete images from their cameras after Wednesday’s on-air shootings near Roanoke, the attorney for a photojournalism group alleged Thursday, according to Poynter
In a letter addressed to a spokesperson for Virginia State Police, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel National Press Photographers Association, calls the forcible deletion “unlawful” and calls on the agency to investigate the matter.
“The NPPA is extremely troubled by what appears to an attempt to prevent them from covering the story or document police activity,” Osterreicher writes. “For us this is the worst example of a prior restraint of free speech and of the press. While I understand tensions were high this misguided and illegal action was an abridgment of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment.”
Yes, when this sort of thing happens, it’s going to get people thinking and I don’t blame them at all. When the media has lied to us for years, it’s a good thing to be skeptical of their reporting. It’s no secret they have staged news in the past, what makes anyone so sure they haven’t here? What are the police trying to hide? There are so many questions that will likely never get answered.
Of course, that’s just another reason to question everything. We have come to a period in time where we have to do our own investigating, just don’t go too far down the rabbit hole, you may never be able to get back.