It Wasn’t Racial: Police Say Victim Of KKK Attack Harmed Herself
I have no idea what her motive was but according to Louisiana police, 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt who alleged three men set her on fire after writing the n-word and “KKK” on her car made the whole story up.
Local KSLA 12 news reports:
Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas said Tuesday afternoon that authorities linked Moffitt’s fingerprints to a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid found at the scene.
“The investigation (of) Ms Moffitt has revealed that this was not an attack but a self-inflicted incident that happened to her,” said Chief Thomas.
When Chief Thomas was asked about a motive, he said that remains unknown.
Sharmeka’s initial story when she called 911 Sunday at 8pm while walking a trail in Winnsboro park was that she had been doused in flammable liquid by three men wearing white hoodies. That’s now thought to be untrue. Regarding the writing on her car, police believe Moffitt used toothpaste to draw the KKK initials and racial slur on her vehicle.
The State Police are now turning their evidence over to the Franklin Parish District Attorney’s office who would be the one to bring charges against Sharmeka for falsifying her story. Though they haven’t yet announced whether they plan to do that, Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb concurred with Chief Thomas’ conclusion that Sharmeka did indeed harm herself, based on the forensic evidence obtained.
“Basically we had to follow the facts,” he said during a press conference yesterday. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”
For now, Sharmeka remains in critical condition in the Regional Burn Center at LSU Medical Center while her family is trying to digest the findings of the investigation. They said in a statement yesterday:
Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.
We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials.
Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on Sharmeka and her recovery.
Hopefully a mental evaluation will follow to give this young woman the help she needs because as Chief Thomas said in a news conference yesterday:
“Nobody knows, it could be you, it could be me, it could be one of our family members struggling like this.”