Suge Knight- getting it correct

By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer

Cle "Bone" Sloan on the set of Straight Outta Compton, 2014
Cle “Bone” Sloan on the set of Straight Outta Compton, 2014

LOS ANGELES – There has been an abundance of coverage connected to Suge Knight’s most recent legal matter related to an incident that occurred in Compton. Knight visited the lunch set of the film Straight Outta Compton, uninvited and started a verbal altercation with Cle “Bone” Sloan who had been working as part of the film crew since last year. Just by coincidence, the two men crossed paths at Tam’s Burgers while Sloan was driving back to the set from the lunch location when Sloan noticed that Knight was parked in his truck on 142nd Street talking to two friends.

The high profile nature of the story has both the corporate news companies and the independent bloggers all competing for ratings, views and clicks which has led to a narrative that is mired with inaccuracies and misinformation that has confused the general public on what the facts are. The rush to meet a writing deadline and to beat the next publication has led to some irresponsible reporting. As someone close to this story, I have identified many of the inaccuracies, mistakes, and blatant lies, some coming from the police and journalists but mostly from Knight’s attorney James Blatt, who is attempting to change and take control of the narrative.

The following will outline some of the bigger inaccuracies that have appeared in the press.

Let’s examine Los Angeles Times article, entitled ‘Suge’ Knight, no stranger to legal trouble, faces most serious charges by Angel Jennings, Joseph Serna and Cindy Chang on January 30, 2015.
“Knight drove forward, appearing to aim the vehicle at Sloan and Carter, who was standing next to Sloan, authorities said.”
Knight only aimed his vehicle at Sloan, while he was already lying on the ground on 142th Street after hitting his head and being dazed by the fall from the confrontation with Knight as he was in his car. At this point, Sloan was slightly dazed and still lying in the street immobilized from the hard fall he sustained.

Knight could have got out the car and finished the physical fight against an immobilized Sloan or he could have drove off after Sloan was on the ground, but he decided to run his truck over his entire body at a high rate of speed, causing him to inadvertently hit Carter with the front end of his truck killing him.
“Carter, who was standing next to Sloan, authorities said.”
Carter was not standing next to Sloan. Sloan was in the street on 142nd Street and Carter was in the parking lot of Tam’s.
“Knight was attacked by four men, including Sloan, and was trying to escape, fearing for his life, when he ran over Carter and Sloan.”
At no time did four men try to ever attack Knight. It was Sloan only, and during the confrontation, Knight’s action never reflected one of a man trying to escape or a man that feared for his life. When Sloan was standing outside his car, Knight could have left driving off, and even after Sloan was on the ground unable to get up, Knight could have drove off.

Let’s examine Los Angeles Times article entitled Suge Knight likely to remain in custody over the weekend, attorney says by Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha on January 30, 2015.
“Knight drove his car forward and aimed at Sloan and Carter, who was standing next to him. Carter died at the scene.”
Knight never aimed his truck specifically at Carter. Knight aimed his car at Sloan who was laying on the ground and recovering from injuries after getting tangled and thrown from the vehicle. Sloan struck the ground hard and was not able to get back up. Carter was in the line of Knight’s truck but he was standing on the south side of the parking lot of Tam’s while Sloan was laying in the street on 142nd Street about 15 feet from the curb at the north entrance of Tam’s.
“When Knight pulled up, Carter was sitting in his own car. Four men, including Sloan, then approached Knight’s window and attacked him, according to Blatt.”
Knight had his car parked on the south side of 142nd Street pointing towards Central Avenue on the opposite side when Sloan just by coincidence drove by and noticed Knight. While driving westbound on Rosecrans heading back to the set, which was on South Parmelee Avenue, Sloan missed his right turn, and proceeded west on Rosecrans to turn right and head north to the set. While at the red light, on Rosecrans and Central Ave, Sloan noticed Knight’s vehicle on 142th Street and pulled into the Tam’s parking lot and parked on the east side on the lot. When Sloan exits his vehicle, Knight is sitting in his car talking to two people, including Terry Carter who are standing outside the car. At this point, Sloan, who is alone begins a conversation with Knight and the conflict begins.

To reiterate, Sloan pulled up in his car alone, and the confrontation was between Knight and Sloan only. There was never four men involved as attorney Blatt has mentioned. Additionally calling the confrontation an “attack” is disingenuous to the facts. It was two men engaged in an argument that became physical.
“It appears clear … Mr. Knight was physically assaulted while he was going to the location. His window was open and these four individuals grabbed him and beat him,” Blatt said.
Again, it was not four people, only Sloan, who engaged Knight. About 30 minutes earlier, Knight was threatening and trying to intimidate Sloan in the presence of police officers, who made sure that the conflict did not get physical when they intervened. As the police broke up the argument, Knight grew more hostile, which suggested that he was willing to have a fight but not for the presence of the police officers, Knight was going to fight Sloan. By coincidence, Knight had his opportunity to fight Sloan, but he decided he did not want to exit his truck, ultimately using it as a weapon against Sloan, who was unarmed and laying on the street temporarily incapacitated.
As to why the men would attack Knight, Blatt said: “It’s just too complicated to get into.”
It’s not complicated at all. Simply put, Knight was not welcomed on the set of Straight Outta Compton, and there has been growing tensions between Knight & Sloan who was working on the film, and it just came to a head on January 29, 2015.
“But Blatt said another witness told him the group of men was beating, threatening and attempting to drag Knight from his vehicle.”
There was no “men” beating up Knight or a “group,” only one man, Sloan, and this was a fight between two men that continued from an earlier altercation where Knight’s behavior reflected a guy who was very willing to engage Sloan, but it may have been just bravado because the police were not going to allow the two men to fight there.
“The attorney said he expected the Sheriff’s Department to investigate whether Knight was ambushed. He maintained that Carter was trying to help Knight when he was run over.”
There was never an “ambush” of Knight. One man, Sloan, who coincidentally crossed paths with Knight after lunch while heading back to the set, was the only person involved, only this time there were no police around. Knight obviously changed his mind in wanting to fight Sloan because he never got out of his truck to face Sloan with the same aggressive posture he exhibited during lunch when the police intervened.
“Knight’s attorney said he’d asked detectives to comb the area for security cameras that could show the confrontation in hope that it would exonerate his client.”
Any security camera that captured the incident will not show four men assaulting Knight. It will show Sloan and only Sloan confronting Knight. It will also show that after Sloan fell down from off of Knight’s truck, when he had the opportunity to drive from the scene and leave without any further injuries. The camera will also show that while Sloan was laying on the ground, still recovering from hitting the concrete, Knight made a deliberate act to drive over his body, causing additional injuries to Sloan and then accidentally striking Carter, killing him. The attorney for Knight, should not want the detective combing for security cameras, because they will reveal that Sloan was alone, and that there were ample opportunities for Knight to flee the scene.
Let’s examine Los Angeles Times article entitled ‘Suge’ Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life on January 30, 2015.
“Former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people – killing one of them – in Compton on Thursday afternoon, his attorney James Blatt says.”
Knight was not fleeing for his life and his life was never in jeopardy. It was a one-on-one fight that Knight clearly instigated during lunch. Knight had the opportunity to drive away at least two times. He decided not to drive off and to confront Sloan, but he did not want to get out of his truck and fight as he wanted to do back at lunch.
“A group of people attacked Knight and threatened to kill him and were “attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape … in fear for his life,” Blatt told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.”
There was never a group of people assaulting Knight, rather it was only one person, Sloan, that confronted Knight. Knight never tried to escape because there were plenty of opportunities for him to leave in his truck if that’s what he wanted to do. During the entire conflict Knight never got out of the vehicle and even after being punched by Sloan, he could have left the scene. 
Let’s examine Los Angeles Times article entitled Suge Knight, a link who’d lost connection by Randall Roberts on January 30, 2015.
“Knight’s attorney, James E. Blatt, described Carter as a good friend of Knight who was trying to break up the fight.”
There was never a time when Carter or anyone else intervened during the fight between Knight and Sloan.

Let’s examine the Associated Press article entitled Investigators review hit-and-run video to figure out if ‘Suge’ Knight was victim or attacker by TAMI ABDOLLAH, February 1, 2015.
“Knight’s defense attorney James Blatt said his client was an innocent victim who accidentally ran over the men as he tried to escape a vicious attack. Blatt said he would see the video on Monday and Tuesday.”
Attorney Blatt continues to characterize the conflict as a “vicious attack” because he is trying to convince the media that Sloan was part of a group, which was not the case. It was a fight between two men, who both expressed that they wanted to fight each other when police were present, but Knight obviously had a change of heart when he saw Sloan without the police present.

Knight did run his truck over Carter on accident only after running over Sloan deliberately.

Additionally, Knight was never trying to escape, because Knight had multiple opportunities to leave the scene, by driving down 142th Street, but instead he lined his truck up with Sloan’s body as it lay in the street and sped over him into the north entrance of Tam’s striking Carter. Although the death of Carter was accident, it would not have occurred if he was not trying to run over Sloan deliberately, which is a felony and if any one dies during the course of a felony, you can be charged with murder in the State of California. Furthermore, you can be charged with murder even as a participant in a crime such as armed robbery where your specific acts did not cause the death of the other person.

The District Attorney also has at their discretion to charge Knight with the attempted murder on Sloan, if they believe that Knight, as a passenger in his vehicle had plenty of time to leave the scene, which he did. His attorney, Blatt will have a difficult time painting Knight as the victim of an incident that he clearly instigated with Sloan 30 minutes prior, and because of this, he is trying to get the media to believe that Knight was assaulted by multiple persons, that Knight was ambushed and that Knight was an innocent victim of a vicious attack, all untrue.

Knight expressed that he wanted to fight Sloan when police officers were around to prevent it during lunch, but when Sloan, by pure coincidence and with no police around, happened to cross paths with Knight, he decided to play the victim.

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