Falsely called a cop killer: the life of Darnell Hicks 2 years after being wrongfully accused

Imagine sitting at work and learning the community you live in is calling you a cop killer. It would be cause for immediate distress, and if you are a Black man, it could quickly become a matter of life and death.

These were the circumstance Darnell Hicks faced in 2020 when two sheriff’s deputies were gravely wounded in a shooting but ultimately survived. Being an innocent man who had been convicted in the court of public opinion, Hicks is now suing those who accused him of shooting the deputies, and he’s included Facebook and Twitter for allegedly failing to stop the posts.

Winning that lawsuit won’t erase the impact being falsely called a cop killer had on his life, but, Hicks is hoping it will prevent someone else from going through the same thing.

On this episode of “The Word” Jackie Rae sits down with Darnell Hicks and learns what life is like after being wrongfully accused.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.