Post hoc, ergo propter hoc is a fallacy in logic. It means that just because B follows A, it doesn’t necessarily mean that A caused B.
With this caveat in place, Friends, please consider two events in their close chronological order:
- In November of 2015 the people of Fullerton presented Ron Thomas with a $4.9 million settlement for the death of his son, Kelly – killed by members of our police department.
- In January of 2016 Ron Thomas bought a house in Cypress for $1.3 million, with no loan indicated.
Does the the first event have any causal relationship with the second? Well, not necessarily, right?
Of course, this topic is only a matter of interest because in 2011 in an effort, one supposes, to curry favor with the media and the public, Mr. Thomas promised to give all of any proceeds from a lawsuit against the people of Fullerton to “homeless programs.” Was it true? Is it true? Will it ever be true? Do you care?