The coverage of this one is real weird.
First I saw reported a white supremacist ran barricades to go the wrong way down the freeway to murder protesters.
Then it turns out the driver is black. I watch the video, and he's not going the wrong way (though today a national news agency was still reporting he was). The only barricades visible in the video are 2 black cars stopped in the freeway. The driver stopped shortly after hitting the black clad protesters in the dark and made every effort to cooperate with police, and asked if the people he hit would be ok.
The driver is now being charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless driving.
As far as I can see from the video, he blew past those stalled cars faster than was reasonable, and deserves the charge of reckless driving and probably manslaughter. The other charges seem to be rooted more in the earlier mistaken media reports than any evidence that I can currently see. I'm left wondering if the people writing the articles even watch the video or just keep quoting the earlier mistaken articles.
Now I am seeing a growing hysteria over "extremists weaponizing cars" among many I know in Seattle and this is an instance many are pointing to.
The people I know living in the former nation of CHOP and regularly visiting there went silent about it on social media several weeks ago. The conspiracy mindset several were starting to display was very disturbing to me. Those are the same people now ranting about weaponized cars and still claiming this particular incident was a white supremacist.
I've decided not to get back on social media anymore to follow their thoughts on this. It's not healthy for me to see former friends calling for me to be sent to a reeducation camp.
That neighborhood used to be a second home to me. Part of me really wishes I had gone to visit and see some of this when it was happening. Mostly, I have no interest in ever seeing it again.