The family of a white man wrongly accused of murdering a 7-year-old black child has revealed that they are receiving death threats in connection with the allegations.
What are the details?
On Dec. 30, Jazmine Barnes was gunned down on a Houston freeway near a Walmart while in the car with her family. The Houston Police Department ruled Jazmine's death a homicide, and early indicators on social media said that the shooting suspect was white.
Two men were charged in connection with the child's murder, but both of them turned out to be black — not white, like activist Shaun King initially claimed, in what he suggested was a racially motivated crime.
Police even released a composite sketch of the likely suspect — which was clearly a white man — based off of witness accounts.
Robert Cantrell was the man King pointed to on social media in a since-deleted post, writing, "We've had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent [expletive] and always has been. Just tell me everything you know." King also shared a photo of Cantrell.
Cantrell's niece, Hailey, told KTRK-TV that her family has received a plethora of death threats since activist King wrongly accused him.
"I hear [on social media], 'Someone is going to rape, torture, and murder the women and children in your family,'" Hailey said.
She continued, noting that she simply wants people with the wrong information to "back off."
"I just want everyone to back off," Hailey demanded. "The truth is out. It had nothing to do with us, nothing to do with my uncle at all."
Authorities reported that they don't believe the 7-year-old child's family was even the shooter's intended target.
"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity," investigators explained.
In May, King was under fire for a similar incident.
On Twitter, King publicly accused a white police officer of sexually assaulting and threatening a black, female motorist.
As it turned out, the police officer did not sexually assault the female, and dashcam footage ultimately proved that the woman made up the story, and lied to her lawyer and to King about it.
Before she did that, however, King and his cohorts whipped up the internet into a frenzy with allegations against the white police officer, who also received death threats as a result of the false accusations.
King eventually did issue a half-hearted apology for falsely accusing the officer.