Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert claims she started to carry her gun after a man was “ physically beat to death” right outside of the restaurant she owns in Rifle, Colorado. Fact checkers say that story is false.
According to Boebert, she felt the need to protect herself after she became a business owner because, “there was an altercation outside of my restaurant where a man was physically beat to death. There were no weapons involved. He was beat to death by another man’s hands.”
That’s just not true, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker report.
The dead man, identified as Anthony Green was involved in a fight with a man with a prosthetic leg. One witness confirmed, Green “duked that guy out.”
Green was found dead on August 22 and the fight raised suspicions that it could be a homicide. But “there were no obvious injuries to his abdomen and in his pocket, he was carrying a glass pipe that was filled with the residue of methamphetamine.” His only injury was a gash on his head that appeared to be from a fall.
The forensic pathologist Robert Kurtzman said “the abrasions were not associated with any internal injury, whereas ‘methamphetamine is known to cause sudden death and abnormal behavior.'”
Not only that, the fight took place three blocks from Boebert’s restaurant, Green just ran past the back of her establishment before collapsing.
The WaPo writes: “Boebert is wrong to claim that the man was beaten to death. If anything, Green appears to have been throwing most of the punches. Then he died of a drug overdose.”