October 2, 2019

USA: ANOTHER FAKE HATE CRIME. Former NFL Player Edawn Louis Coughman Claimed Racist Burglars Spray Painted Racial Slurs, Swastikas And "MAGA" At His Own Restaurant. He Lied.

CBS46 Atlanta published Sept 13, 2019: Former NFL player accused of staging a hate crime
NBC News
written by Doha Madani
Sunday September 15, 2019

A former NFL player allegedly created a fake hate crime at his Georgia business in which he claimed burglars spray painted racial slurs, swastikas and "MAGA" at his bakery.

Edawn Louis Coughman, 31, was arrested Thursday on charges of filing a false report of a crime, insurance fraud, and concealing a license plate after he told police a burglar was responsible for spray painting racist language and imagery on the walls of his bakery, according to Gwinett County Police.

"It appears as though Edawn conjured a premeditated plan to damage his own property, attempt to make it appear as a hate crime, file a claim with his insurance company, and sell off the undamaged appliances and electronics," police said.

Photos taken by police at the scene show spray painted words and images, including the n-word, a swastika and "MAGA" ⁠— an abbreviated version of President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

Police said that they were called for a burglary report at Coughman's business, Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman's Creamery, in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville on Wednesday night. The 911 caller told police that someone was driving a black Chevrolet Silverado with no license plate.

When officers arrived to the shopping center, they stopped a truck matching the description and saw Coughman driving the Silverado. It appeared that Coughman had several televisions in the back of the truck with mounting brackets on the back with "damaged drywall" attached, police said.
- Several graffiti words and symbols, including "MAGA," were spray-painted inside the business.Gwinnett County Police -
Officers saw the backdoor of the bakery had "yellow pry marks" and saw the graffiti on the walls was still wet from the paint.

"Several booth cushions were sliced open," the Gwinett County Police said. "They also found broken mirrors, cut wires, and a damaged video surveillance system."

Coughman told police that he saw the damage earlier in the day and called his insurance company, but not police. But investigators found the incident occurred much later than the former NFL player alleged.

A search warrant on Coughman's Silverado found a a yellow crow bar and cans of black spray paint in the truck.

Coughman never played in a regular-season game with the NFL, but was signed on to eight different teams, according to NBC affiliate WXIA. He also played nine games in 2011 for the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts.

It is unclear whether Coughman, who was released on bond, has an attorney.
Daily Wire
written by Ashe Schow
Tuesday September 17, 2019

Yet another hate-crime hoax attempting to paint President Donald Trump’s supporters as racists.

Former NFL player Edawn Louis Coughman, who played for the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Arizona Cardinals between 2012 and 2016, was caught spray-painting pro-Trump and racist graffiti in his own restaurant in an apparent hate-crime hoax.

The New York Daily News reported that a “maintenance worker at the shopping plaza where Coughman’s establishment is located saw someone burglarizing the restaurant around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and called the cops.”

Nearby cops saw a black truck driving without a license plate and pulled it over as a possible suspect. Coughman was driving the truck, and police found several suspicious-looking flat-screen TVs.

Cpl. Michele Pihera of the Gwinnett County Police told WSB-TV that the TV “brackets were still attached and there was still drywall attached to the brackets, meaning, someone took them off very quickly.”

Police showed up at Coughman’s restaurant and found holes in the wall where the TVs appeared to have been removed. They also found graffiti on the walls saying “monkey,” the n-word, and “MAGA” — a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Police also said the paint on the walls was fresh, and Coughman had black spray paint on his hands.

Coughman owns Coughman’s Creamery in Gwinnett County Georgia. Police said the motive for the alleged fake hate crime was not immediately apparent.

“We don’t know if it was financial motivation or what the case is,” Pihera told WSB-TV.

Officers quickly became aware that Coughman had reported the incident to his insurance company before he was pulled over.

“He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over,” Pihera said. “He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest.”

Coughman now faces three charges, including insurance fraud, making a false report, and driving without a license plate.

The faked hate crime comes months after “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly faked a hate crime against himself in order to negotiate a bigger salary. Smollett said he went to get a sandwich at 2:00 a.m. during a polar vortex in Chicago when two racist, white Trump supporters recognized him and attacked him. The attackers apparently were wandering the frigid streets with a bottle of bleach and some rope and just happened to recognize Smollett – who is also gay. The men allegedly used racial slurs when attacking Smollett and claimed Chicago was “MAGA country.”

Smollett returned to his friend’s apartment with his food intact and called police. When authorities arrived, he was still wearing the noose the men allegedly wrapped around his neck. In reality, the “attackers” were black men from Nigeria who claimed Smollett paid them to orchestrate the attack against him. They provided a check from Smollett and said he told them to purchase red hats to claim the attack was motivated by Trump’s rhetoric. Smollett is currently trying to get out of repaying Chicago for the resources it expended investigating his claim.

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