From Missoula Independent:
UPDATE: Joseph Baken pleaded guilty this afternoon in Missoula Municipal Court to charges of filing a false police report. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $300 fine. The jail time was suspended.
Law enforcement says that a 22-year-old man who reported he was the victim of an alleged hate crime in Missoula during the early morning hours of August 5 fabricated the story.
“We have new information that we’re following up on,” said a source inside the Missoula Police Department.
The young man, Joseph Baken, from Billings, reported to the MPD that he was celebrating his birthday downtown at the Missoula Club and, after inquiring about where he could find a gay bar, was beaten up by three men. In the hours after the alleged incident, social media site comments decried homophobic violence and called for protests.
However, the Missoula Independent and MPD obtained video footage that shows Baken doing a backflip on Higgins Avenue and sustaining the injuries, lacerations to his face, that have been depicted on social media sites, during the landing.
Huff Po has pictures.
Is this a new trend? Blame imaginary bigots for your mistakes?