Omar Admits to Embellishing Story of “Injustice” She Told to High School Students

Omar Admits to Embellishing Story of “Injustice” She Told to High School Students

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) admitted she may have embellished some facts during a recent speech to high school students where she recalled a story about racism in the justice system.

The Washington Post reports that Omar was speaking to Richfield High School students when she told a story about her time as a Minneapolis councilwoman:

“…she recalled encountering a ‘sweet, old . . . African American lady’ who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her ‘starving 5-year-old granddaughter.’

After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. ‘I couldn’t control my emotions,’ Omar continued, ‘because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.’

‘Bulls—!’ she recalled yelling in the courtroom.”

However, the paper notes, that Omar likely “flubbed some facts:”

Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

In an interview, Omar said she may have flubbed some facts. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure. . . . The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

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