Woman Faked Ku Klux Klan Attack, Police Say

A woman who claimed to be the victim of a KKK attack on Sunday night was found to have fabricated the story, according to local police.

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Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas, left, and Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb announce during a news conference at the Franklin Parish Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, that Sharmeka Moffitt fabricated a story about being attacked and burned Sunday night at Civitan Park in Winnsboro, La.

A Louisiana woman who claimed she was set on fire in a racially motivated attack on Sunday night is believed to have fabricated her story, according to local police.

Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old woman, claimed that three men in white hoodies attacked her while she was walking along a park trail in Winnsboro, La. on Sunday, dousing her in flammable liquid and setting her alight. Moffitt claimed her attackers also wrote racial slurs and telltale KKK initials on her car. Moffitt later managed to extinguish the flames herself and dial 911.

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Police, however, have come to the conclusion that things were not quite as they seemed. Moffitt’s fingerprints were found on the cigarette lighter and bottle of lighter fluid, leading authorities to believe that the alleged attack was actually self-inflicted. It is thought that Moffitt wrote the slurs and the clan’s initials in toothpaste herself.

“Basically we had to follow the facts,” the local sheriff told The News Star. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”

Moffitt suffered third-degree burns and had to be moved to LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. Her family, meanwhile, is trying to come to terms with the latest revelations in the case. It is unclear why the 20-year-old, who has a young daughter, chose to set herself on fire. In an official statement, Moffitt’s family expressed thanks to the outpouring of public support they received:

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.

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Meanwhile, the president of the local branch of the NAACP, Otis Chisley, said that regardless of the outcome, racism and KKK activity still remains a part of life in the southern state whose past is tinged with the remnants of racial violence.

“It’s prevalent throughout Louisiana,” he told CBS News. “It’s hidden but it exists.”

4 comments
pjpemberton75
pjpemberton75

I think it's time people retaliate more than they do because people are out of control I suffered major facial contunsions do to and hate thrown at me do to someone wanting political gain that got it I have had to move on several occasions due to the abuse so it's getting bad out there people I knew my whole life turned

and acted like lying dogs I hope one day their children pay the same they have done and that way it's even. But money buys everything. I have heard girls use the remarks that theyd be in prison if it wasn't for Obama being in office and I have watched the abuse of the system by these people since he's been in office. I find him to be double standard and hope that people see that violence in our towns are more and political and govt officials abuse their powers.

FritzLentz
FritzLentz

its called a false flag .         this women think since i  am  black so that makes mei  a victim even if i have to victimize myself  , most black people are brain washed into  the black liberation theology BS.    right now i question everything hat happen  during the so called civil rights movement  how do we know if things like this didn't happened  then 

KennethDougherty
KennethDougherty

Young woman needs mental help. I wonder what her motive was. To gain attention? Hatred? I hope life works out well for her daughter.

Talendria
Talendria like.author.displayName 1 Like

I hope this case reminds everyone why we have due process in this country.  Things aren't always what they seem, and it's best to get the facts straight before you react.