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Rep. Cori Bush says white supremacists 'can shoot at us' if Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty — just like in Ferguson. Ferguson police chief says that never happened.

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Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) tweeted Monday that white supremacists will run rampant and shoot at people if Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty and said that such things took place in Ferguson, Missouri, following the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown Jr.

Rittenhouse is facing charges of murder in the shooting death of Kenosha, Wisconsin, rioters in 2020.

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In her tweet, Bush said that white supremacists hid behind a hill and fired on Ferguson, Missouri, protesters following the 2014 shooting.

She wrote, "When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us. They never faced consequences. If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it."

Activist Ohun Ashe corroborated Bush's claims.

Ashe tweeted, "This is FACTS! I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out," tweeted Ashe.

What else is there to know about this?

Her remarks spurred on a frenzy of comments — many of them accusing her of flat-out lying.

On Monday, Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. said that he had no knowledge of any such incidents taking place, the Webster County Citizen reported.

"Not that I'm aware of," he said.

The Citizen reported that the only similar documented incident took place in March 2015 when two police officers on security duty outside of the Ferguson police headquarters were shot, which prompted protesters to flee. Authorities arrested a black suspect in connection to the incident, who was later convicted of the shooting.

A spokesperson for the Bush campaign on Monday night attempted to defuse the situation by issuing a statement supporting her accusations of white supremacists shooting at protesters and said, "While on the frontlines of the Ferguson Uprising, Congresswoman Bush and other activists were shot at by white supremacists vigilantes. The question we need to ask is why white supremacists feel empowered to open-carry rifles, incite violence, and put black lives at risk across our country."

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