Ellis County, TX - Texas State Trooper Jarrod Hubbard has hired an attorney ready to take action against Shaun King and attorney Lee Merritt for spreading a false story about a different Trooper Hubbard allegedly raping a woman.
Trooper Hubbard's father, Bell County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Norman Hubbard, told Fox News, “We’re going after them.”
On Monday, Shaun King definitively stated that Trooper Hubbard stopped Sherita Dixon Cole, arrested her because she had an attitude, groped her, threatened to murder her fiance and plant a gun on his body, drove her behind an abandoned car dealership and raped her, then booked her into jail on false charges.
The 2-hour long bodycam video very clearly showed that the woman was arrested for DUI, and it's impossible for any of the allegations to be true.
While Dixon Cole was still in custody and being booked, King somehow obtained the fabricated details of his long story and posted all allegations as if they definitively happened. King also included the trooper's last name in his story.
The post instantly resulted in thousands of people flooding the jail with phone calls so that they don't "Sandra Bland" Dixon Cole.
Sandra Bland killed herself while in a jail in 2015, and anti-police conspiracy theorists say that she was actually murdered by police who staged a suicide, and that she was actually dead when they took her mugshot using her body.
The trooper who was being falsely accused was actually Trooper Daniel Hubbard.
The mob searched Facebook for the trooper and located Trooper Jarrod Hubbard's profile.
“His picture was the first thing that came up,” Chief Deputy Norman Hubbard told Fox News. “One person posted on Twitter my name and date of birth, my wife’s name and date of birth and my son’s name and date of birth.”
Chief Deputy Hubbard tells Fox News that his son received "thousands" of death threats.
Blue Lives Matter was able to locate some of the comments with death threats which exposed information on Trooper Jarrod Hubbard's family. Screenshots of some of those comments are still up on our initial story.
One of the people who released Trooper Jarrod Hubbard's family member's information has contacted Blue Lives Matter demanding the screenshot be removed, and that she was documenting the notice, presumably so she can sue us.
Due to her request to remove the screenshot, we have redacted her name from it:
Fox News reports that on Monday, Trooper Jarrod Hubbard hired an attorney who sent notice to King and Merritt and asked them to “minimize the harm that has been and is being caused" by “disclosing that my client is not and has been erroneously identified as the Officer Daniel Hubbard involved in the event.”
“The identification error has defamed and is defaming my client and his family resulting in substantial harassment and threats necessitating his discontinuation of his Facebook page and need and request for protection for himself and his family from appropriate law enforcement agencies,” the letter from Trooper Jarrod Hubbard's attorney said.
Neither King or Merritt responded according to Fox News, and neither man appears to have made any such clarification.
Trooper Jarrod Hubbard has to take time off of work and was reportedly placed under protection of the Texas Rangers.
Before the latest rape allegations, Merritt had previously made false claims against another officer which was disproved by bodycam video in January. After that false claim, Merritt refused to apologize and simply told people that the claims were false.
He was also accused of practicing law without a Texas license.
However, after the latest bodycam was released following the rape allegations, even Merritt had the decency to apologize.
"It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern," Merritt said.
But Shaun King lacks even the decency of an attorney with a shady history.
In a lengthy response, Shaun King lied and suggested that the video shows that the trooper lacked probable cause to arrest Dixon Cole.
"The officer administered a DUI test and she passed every physical requirement and request over the course of twenty straight minutes of being examined," King said. This is not true.
The video clearly shows Dixon Cole giving numerous clues of impairment on the scientifically-validated standardized field sobriety tests.
He does admit that the accusations against the trooper are clearly false.
"Earlier today I was able to review nearly two hours of body camera footage provided by the police department," King said. "The footage appears to be authentic and trustworthy. At no time does it show any of the horrible allegations originally made by Sherita Dixon-Cole. The officer never threatens her or her fiancé as she described. No sexual assault of any kind takes place. From all indications the officer, Daniel Hubbard, was very professional and patient throughout the ordeal. The whole thing was rather routine and painfully normal."
But what is most disturbing is that King claims that he's a victim and fails to acknowledge or apologize his role in victimizing a falsely-accused trooper.
"But Sherita Dixon-Cole is not one of those victims. She victimized us. She victimized the man she falsely accused and she victimized those who stood up for her — believing that she had experienced the worst crimes," King posted.
King's post admitting that he spread false information is estimated to have been shared about 1/20th as much as his original post with the false accusations.