Minneapolis protest misinformation stokes racial tensions
May 29, 2020
CHICAGO (AP) — The false social media posts started just hours after protesters first began chanting and carrying banners around the Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd, an African American man, died handcuffed in police custody.
"The cop who killed George Floyd," Facebook and Twitter users claimed, wrongly identifying a man pictured laughing alongside President Donald Trump at a rally as former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
More fake videos and photos followed as the demonstrations turned violent the next day. Some speculated, without evidence, that Floyd's death wa...