The Washington Post was trolled on social media Tuesday for falsely claiming George Floyd was “shot and killed” by police.
Wednesday, May 25, will be the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, and though his death came at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Floyd was not “shot and killed” by police.
This was the claim made by the Washington Post in its survey asking people “how things have changed” in their community since that fateful day.
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) May 24, 2022
As video evidence showed, officer Derek Chauvin held his knee to the back of George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, resulting in his death.
That video has been widely shared across hundreds if not, thousands of media platforms all around the world.
In fact, no video of police brutality has been more infamous since perhaps the beating of Rodney King in 1991, both of which tore the nation apart and spawned some of the worst riots in modern history.
That the Washington Post could say George Floyd was “shot and killed” addresses its respect for the truth. Needless to say, the “paper of record” was hammered mercilessly for its error.
WaPo writes that George Floyd "was shot & killed in police custody."
He was never shot. He died of cardiopulmonary arrest & official autopsy found nothing to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation." His blood had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl.https://t.co/xtqA23zfk3 pic.twitter.com/27QapU2zaK
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) May 24, 2022
Washington Post, which wants to restrict free speech to combat disinformation, can’t even get this well-known event right. pic.twitter.com/Rf4vyA61QD
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) May 24, 2022
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) May 24, 2022
Do you guys have editors
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) May 24, 2022
I think an editor wrote this pic.twitter.com/XMZMx8raCp
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) May 24, 2022
Next Week: Floyd was mowed down with a mini gun while ice skating.
— Frank Jonen (@frankjonen) May 24, 2022
The Washington Post later amended the post and deleted its tweet.
“We’ve deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish,” it said.
We've deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 24, 2022