Fake Photo of Cop in George Floyd Killing Wearing Racist Hat Goes Viral on Social Media
A photo which falsely claimed to show the police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat went viral on social media, Wednesday.
The fake news was shared by prominent commentators and celebrities, including rapper Ice Cube, who incorrectly claimed that pictured man was police officer Derek Chauvin.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 27, 2020
Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdered him, wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat, a clear sign that this piece of excrement should’ve been taken off the streets a long time ago.#JusticeForFloyd pic.twitter.com/KxGxHAIzlH
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 27, 2020
His name is Derek Chauvin, and Of Course, he has a “Make Whites Great Again” Hat.
Getting fired is NOT enough!
— D.N.S. (@DubaiNameShame) May 27, 2020
But the photo was soon debunked by journalists, who noted that the two men were not the same.
Please stop sharing the photo of the guy in the “Make Whites Great Again” hat. It isn’t Derek Chauvin. He’s a zombie troll.
If something seems too outrageous to believe, it often is. https://t.co/Rf23limat4
— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) May 27, 2020
Uber vigilance is needed in the new world of social media. The white supremacist in the hat is not the cop; post was photoshopped on Facebook & Make Whites Great Again is trending.
As yourself, what was the intention? Always the same: to create anger and division on both sides https://t.co/DdfjmYqkEm
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) May 27, 2020
“Make Whites Great Again” is trending.
Just so we’re clear, Twitter isn’t fact checking *what’s trending on the site* that’s untrue.
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) May 27, 2020
The man in the “Make Whites Great Again” hat is Johnathan Lee Riches.
😂A “Bishop” everyone, I feel sorry for the fools that learn the word of God out this church. https://t.co/htj2jJoZln
— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) May 27, 2020
The person in the “Make Whites Great Again” hat ( which is photoshopped) is not #DerekChauvin the race soldier who lynched #GeorgeFloy. It’s another suspected white supremacist named Jonathan Riches. That’s why I never tweeted that fake photo because pic.twitter.com/tuxhRD6NLH
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 27, 2020
The false claim, however, was shared so many times that “Make Whites Great Again” became one of the top trending topics on Twitter, Wednesday, with over 30,000 instances listed by the social network.
Another viral photo purporting to show the police officer at a Trump rally was also debunked.
— David Brauer (@dbrauer) May 27, 2020
Floyd died in custody after his neck was kneeled on by a police officer for minutes, despite complaining that he couldn’t breathe.
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