News CLAIM: Multiple Facebook posts and twitter tweets on social media claimed that Martin Luther King Jr was killed and that the US government was found guilty in a court of law of conspiring to kill him.
Did y’all know that MLK didn’t die from the bullet that hit him? He was killed (smothered) in the hospital. Also in 1999 the US government was found guilty in a court of law of conspiring to kill him but was silenced by the media.
Did y’all know that MLK didn’t die from the bullet that hit him? He was killed (smothered) in the hospital. Also in 1999 the US government was found guilty in a court of law of conspiring to kill him but was silenced by the media. pic.twitter.com/4VJkjEXQFH— 🇭🇹Polo🇨🇺Jean 🇭🇹 (@Chat_La509) June 6, 2020
TRUTH & Verification: The news is liked by over 64000 on twitter; it was more liked and shared also after George Floyd's death.
This not true. MLK's gunshot wound took out part of his neck and chin. To be exact, chin and neck with a total transaction of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spinal cord and other structures of the neck. Not likely he would survive being shot with a high powered rifle. He died of the gunshot wounds.
At 6:05 p.m. the following day, King was standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where he and his associates were staying, when a sniper’s bullet struck him in the neck. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, at the age of 39.
King Assassination Conspiracy
On June 8, authorities apprehended the suspect in King’s murder, a small-time criminal named James Earl Ray, at London’s Heathrow Airport. Witnesses had seen him running from a boarding house near the Lorraine Motel carrying a bundle; prosecutors said he fired the fatal bullet from a bathroom in that building. Authorities found Ray’s fingerprints on the rifle used to kill King, a scope, and a pair of binoculars.
That photo was from a stabbing he survived in 1958, NOT FROM THE MEMPHIS SHOOTING!
On March 10, 1969, Ray pleaded guilty to King’s murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. No testimony was heard in his trial. Shortly afterward, however, Ray recanted his confession, claiming he was the victim of a conspiracy. The House Select Committee on Assassinations (who also investigated the assassination of JFK) maintained that Ray’s shot killed the king.