Photo shared by celebrity accounts prompt trending Twitter topic, despite wrong person ID’d

Verified Twitter Spreads Fake News Misidentifying Minnesota Cop Derek Chauvin


Verified Twitter users shared an erroneous side-by-side image supposedly showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat.

Several major accounts followed by millions spread the image claiming the person wearing the hat is the same officer who suffocated Minneapolis resident George Floyd on video – with no action taken by Twitter after the image was verified to be inaccurate.

On the left side of the image is a screen shot of Officer Chauvin, seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he struggled to breathe. On the right is a photo of a man wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” who has been identified as professional troll Jonathan Lee Riches.

Rap icon Ice Cube, AKA O’Shea Jackson, shared the photo Wednesday to his 4.9 million followers, stating, “A wolf in wolves clothing. The demons are among us. #Fightthecowards,” suggesting the cop at the center of the controversy was a racist supporter of President Donald Trump.

Jackson also shared a tweet calling out “Blue on Black Crime” and asking, “How long… before we strike back???”

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