by Brian Hayes
Local and national media in 2017 decried the “hate crime” against a Transgender activist, after a deliberately-set fire destroyed a home and killed two beloved German shepherds and three cats. Just another in the wave of hate crimes sweeping America since the election of Donald Trump.
Thousands of people sent money to this activist, horrified by the crime:
Today we found out it was all a sick lie.
Michigan prosecutors say a woman who identifies as a man, Nikki Joly, a longtime LGBT activist, set fire to her own home and killed her pets due to resentment from subsiding controversy over the enactment of nondiscrimination legislation he advocated for.
The Detroit News reported Monday that law enforcement charge Joly, a transgender man from Jackson, Michigan, burned down her own home, killing five pets inside, in what was initially investigated by the FBI as an alleged hate crime in 2017. The newspaper, citing two individuals who worked along Joly at St. Johns United Church of Christ, where the Jackson Pride Center is based from, reported that Jolly, 54, had become “frustrated the controversy over gay rights had died down with the passage of the nondiscrimination law” that Jolly had helped push through the legislature after an 18-year battle.
The Detroit News reported:
The church officials, Barbara Shelton and Bobby James, when asked by police about a possible motive for the fire, said Joly was disappointed the Jackson Pride Parade and Festival, held five days before the blaze, hadn’t received more attention or protests.
Contacted by a reporter, James declined to comment. But Shelton would not confirm the way police characterized her remarks, saying she had no idea if Joly was frustrated by the lack of controversy.
Police officer Aaron Grove, who interviewed Shelton and James, said the pair described Joly as “‘very deceptive” and possessing “layers of manipulation.”
Joly, who was named MLive’s 2018 Citizen of the Year, spearheaded several LGBTQ-friendly initiatives and events, including the town’s first gay festival.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Travis Trombley, a gay resident of Jackson and former ally of Joly. “How do you do it to the community you have put so much effort into helping?”
The paper reports that five pets — two German Shepherds and three cats — died in the fire. The body of one dog blocked a door as firefighters tried to enter.
The alleged hate hoax comes after Chicago prosecutors charged Empire actor Jussie Smollett for filing a false report with police in connection to staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself last month.
Smollett told police two masked individuals hurled bigoted insults and doused him with an unknown chemical substance while walking home from a sandwich shop at 2 a.m. on January 29. The actor also told police his assailants looped a thin rope around his neck and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before fleeing. He allegedly enlisted the help of two brothers — Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo — to stage the attack, paying them $3,500 by check.
Smollett returned to the Chicago set of Empire after posting bond for $100,000 at a Cook County courthouse hours prior. However, Smollett’s role on the hit FOX studios program is uncertain as executive producers considering recasting his character.
Do you think the mainstream media will report the truth about this horrible story the way they broadcast the hoax?
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