The media is hiding video showing Barry Washington assaulting Ian Cranston and his girlfriend outside a bar last month in Oregon before getting shot and using a picture of Cranston after his black eye started to heal to imply he was the aggressor.
CNN not only hid the top-left image showing Cranston’s black eye but also chose to darken the latest image released by the local sheriff’s department where Cranston’s eye had mostly healed in order to make him look more intimidating:
The Daily Mail was another one of many outlets which chose not to include the photo of Cranston’s black eye. Nonetheless, they were one of the only outlets to include the video showing Cranston clearly acted in self-defense and far-left Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel lied about what took place.
Cranston’s attorney told CNN that “indisputable” video evidence shows “before Ian Cranston ever drew his weapon, Barry Washington had assaulted him without provocation, resulting in head injuries that required the police to take Mr. Cranston to the hospital where a brain scan and other procedures had to be performed,” The Daily Mail reported.
A white bullet-maker shot a black man dead for paying his girlfriend a ‘respectful’ compliment, prosecutors say, in an incident likened to Jim Crow-era lynchings.
Ian Cranston, 27, was charged with murdering Barry Washington Jr, 22, on a street in Bend, Oregon, on September 19, after he spoke to Cranston’s girlfriend Allie Butler outside a bar called The Capital.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said: ‘It is believed that the initial interaction between Barry and Mr. Cranston began when Barry complimented Mr. Cranston’s girlfriend.
‘There’s no evidence that what Mr. Washington did when he approached the woman was inappropriate.
‘There’s not an allegation that he groped her, grabbed her, was crass with her. He complimented her in a respectful manner. She was fine back. She said, “No, thank you. I’m flattered but I’m in a relationship.” No allegation that anything Mr. Washington did was inappropriate.’
That was the extent of the interaction, but Cranston, a machinist at bullet manufacturer Nosler, was ‘not happy,’ it is alleged.
Hummel said the two men later had words outside, and that there was some pushing and punches thrown, but that things had calmed down before Cranston allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Washington.
The initial compliment was not caught on camera.
The video shows DA Hummel blatantly lied about what took place in order to lynch Cranston:
Video evidence reveals #Barrywashington ‘s shooting was not racially motivated and #IanCranston acted in self defense, despite the DA and MSM’s claims that he merely “spoke” to his girlfriend. He did more than speak as is seen here. pic.twitter.com/gWAQNsBsxJ
— 🇦🇷 William Wild 🇨🇭 (@Will_O_The_Wild) October 5, 2021
As you can see, things did not “calm down” but instead Washington launched into an assault on Cranston’s girlfriend and then went in to attack Cranston himself before getting shot.
[This video is higher quality but it’s flipped sideways.]
Hummel worked to demonize Cranston in the media with this phony “compliment” story (since when is hitting on a man’s girlfriend “respectful” and not “inappropriate”?) and suggested Cranston took part in a modern day “lynching” before hitting him with a host of outrageous, politically-motivated charges.
But footage said to show the deadly fight was shared on social media, with a man believed to be Washington filmed fighting with another man moments before a gunshot rings out.
Cops were called to the scene, and found Washington, who lived in Bend, lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was rushed to hospital and died the next day.
Cranston has now been charged with crimes including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.
He has not been charged with any hate crime, but District Attorney Hummel said an investigation into whether the killing was bias-motivated continues, and drew parallels between the killing and historic racist murders of black men.
He said: ‘If we obtain sufficient evidence to prove that this shooting was at least partially motivated by race, we will go back to that grand jury and ask them to add the charge
‘It is believed that the initial interaction between Barry and Mr. Cranston began when Barry complimented Mr. Cranston’s girlfriend.
‘Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting and lynching Black men for talking to White women. Over the last week, literally hundreds of people called and emailed me to remind me of this history.’
Thank you to everyone who advocated for Barry Washington, the man who was murdered in downtown Bend. Here’s a clip from my press conference last night that I held to announce the grand jury decision. pic.twitter.com/WmYBbA8uVe
— John Hummel (@john_hummel) October 1, 2021
Cranston has since been arrested and held in Deschutes County Jail on a no-bail warrant, Hummel said.
Cranston’s attorney Kevin Sali accused Washington of being the aggressor and claimed that he physically assaulted his client, leaving him with head injuries.
In a statement to CNN, Sali said ‘indisputable’ video evidence shows ‘before Ian Cranston ever drew his weapon, Barry Washington had assaulted him without provocation, resulting in head injuries that required the police to take Mr. Cranston to the hospital where a brain scan and other procedures had to be performed.’
In the video said to show the incident, man believed to be Washington uses foul language and moves towards someone off camera.
A woman shouts a profanity and a shot rings out. Then a male voice exclaims ‘Hey, call the police!’ and laughter is heard.
Later, a woman is heard telling a man that the ‘guy on the ground’ pushed and hit her in the face, and also struck her boyfriend.
Cranston’s defense attorney later sharply rebuked Hummel over his race comments.
‘After the evidence comes out at trial, I trust someone will ask the District Attorney why he deliberately inflamed the community with statements he knew were not supported by any evidence,’ Sali stated.
[…] KTVZ reported that Cranston has no prior criminal history in Oregon. Over the past year, he has worked as a machinist for a company that manufactures bullets.
Washington’s family launched a GoFundMe off the assault and raised over $57,000.
Barry Washington was an amateur rapper who rapped about how his brother and friends were all “in the pen” (penitentiary) due to “the system.”
Perhaps as we saw in the George Floyd case, the state will pay his family $27 million right before the case goes to trial to further bias the jury.
This is a clear cut self-defense case and yet Hummel is just dragging Cranston through the mud for political points!
Hummel knows that if he gets a sympathetic jury he can get away with anything!