Joe Scarborough, the woke, white-privilege-virtue-signaling warrior, recently showed his true colors on Morning Joe. When discussing the death of Tyre Nichols (a 29-year-old black male), Scarborough proclaimed, “No police officer would have done this to me when I was 29-years-old, a middle class white guy. Nobody–they wouldn’t have dared. Because they knew that if they did, if they beat the hell out of a 29-year-old, middle class white guy, that hell would rain down from above.”
The problem is, Scarborough’s virtue-signaling doesn’t quite match reality. Five Memphis police officers did beat a 29-year-old black man, and hell promptly rained down on them! In the blink of an eye, the five Memphis cops were all fired and charged with murder.
It’s no wonder Scarborough failed to mention this inconvenient truth. It completely undercuts his “holier than thou” attitude.
Scarborough’s fellow panelist, Al Sharpton, agreed with him. Sharpton said, “I don’t believe [police] would have done this to a white young man in Memphis, Tennessee.” He then added, “You said to me on the phone, they would have never done this to me.”
Scarborough was so eager to get his virtue-signaling on the record that he didn’t even stop to consider the facts. He also failed to understand that Nichols’ death was clearly not racially motivated. All of the officers involved in the incident were also black.
Four of the five former Memphis officers indicted for murder, aggravated assault and other charges in connection to the deadly beating of Tyre Nichols were previously suspended or received written reprimands during their tenure at the police department, according to reports.
Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Jr., Justin Smith, and Emmitt Martin III all received prior disciplinary action for incidents including failure to report when they used physicality, failing to report alleged domestic violence or for damages to their squad cars, according to internal records obtained by The Commercial Appeal through a public records request.
Tadarrius Bean, also terminated and subsequently charged over Nichols’ death, was the only one without any prior internal department disciplinary record, according to the newspaper.
Haley received a written reprimand in November 2021 for failing to file a response to resistance form, which is required when “any part of the officer’s body” is used “to compel compliance” per department policy and procedures.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.