Social Media Justice Seems a Lot Like Mob Justice

Kipp Gabriel, a local rapper known as Kipp G, is seen in this 2014 photo. Gabriel died Sunday, June 28, at the age of 37. Raul Gomez / High Plains Reader

MINOT, N.D. — I can’t stop thinking about Kipp Gabriel.

Before I read Chris Hagen’s article about his death, I’d never heard of Gabriel despite his regional celebrity as a Fargo-based hip-hop performer.

He was found dead this week just days after a group of women took to social media to accuse him of sexual assault, something which had resulted in no small amount of online and offline vitriol aimed at Gabriel.

I can’t speak to the veracity of those accusations. Or how Gabriel’s life came to an end. As I write this, the official word from law enforcement is that foul play is an unlikely explanation. His father, Ken Gabriel, believes the accusations against his son were a factor in his death.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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