On Sunday, Lady Gaga sent out a tweet which showed her support for a man who was captured on video trying to murder a Chicago police officer.
Lady Gaga's tweet said, "Paul O'neal. #BlackLivesMatter How many children must we lose b4 our justice system does something? #Chicago #USA"
The "Poker Face" singer can't reasonably claim that she had no way to know about Paul O'Neal's attempt to kill a police officer, as her tweet came days after the video was released. It's not clear why she blames the "justice system" for an attempted murderer getting shot by police after stealing a car and trying to kill an officer.
Lady Gaga joins the list of celebrities who have voiced an opinion on an officer-involved shooting while either ignoring the facts, or without actually having any idea what they are talking about.
Paul O'Neal was fatally shot by Chicago police officers after he stole a car, and attempted to use the stolen car to run down an officer. The officer narrowly escaped with his life when two officers shot at O'Neal, missing him. The incident was captured on video. Officers then had probable cause to arrest O'Neal for attempting to murder a police officer as he ran away. An officer who did not have an activated body camera was the first to catch up to O'Neal, and the fatal gunshot was not captured on camera.
The inactive body camera has led to wild conspiracy theories. The theories speculate that the officer somehow knew that he would be alone with O'Neal and that the officer kept his camera off because he wanted to shoot a black man for no good reason. This is a theory that clearly has no basis in reality, but it hasn't stopped the agitators from claiming that there is a cover-up.