Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax of being abducted in a SUV and then being gang raped by three men in Denison town might have affected the reputation of the city. The story of abduction and rape of a white girl by black men not just created a sort of fear among women, but also increased hatred against black communities.
The white supremacists became very active in the region, further inflaming the situation. Denison Police chief, Jay Burch, says that while the hoax was covered in a big way by the media, giving the city a bad name, not many people will be able to know that it was merely a hoax.
It is said that white supremacists became very active in the area following the hoax. They used the ‘incident’ to create hatred against black communities living in the area through social media. Facebook and Twitter were inundated with hateful messages following the antics of the teen.
Now as the story of the girl in Texas has been proved wrong, police suggest that it has badly impacted the reputation of the city. In a long Facebook post Denison Police said, “DPD officers and detectives spoke with the victim who stated she was kidnapped near her vehicle at the Creekmore Apartments by “3 black males” as she described the alleged suspects, and were wearing ski masks, she said. She claimed the suspects took her in a black SUV to a wooded area nearby where 2 suspects raped her while the 3rd suspect held her down…After getting the victim’s information, she was taken to Texoma Medical Center for examination. In the meantime, DPD patrol officers, detectives, and the K-9 team scoured the area where Talbott says she was taken and assaulted. Several pieces of evidence were gathered and more of Talbott’s clothing and other personal effects were recovered”.
The local police chief Jay Burch said, “The case quickly gathered regional attention due to the severity of the alleged crime and rumors quickly begin to spin out of control through social media,” Burch said. Almost immediately, Talbott’s story and allegations began to unravel. Within only a day or two, detectives had doubts as to most of Talbott’s allegations.”
He went on to add, “Many persons fell victim to Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax. The police were quickly disparaged by Talbott’s family and friends,” Burch said. “Social media comments and opinions were out of control making it difficult to focus on solving this case.”
According to a NYdailyNews the girl also allegedly admitted to staging the church entrance and causing the cuts to her body herself. Talbott now faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false report to a police officer, though officers say that the false allegations had already caused damage.