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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 11, 2020

These photos don’t prove George Floyd is alive

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  • One photo shows former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who said he was friends with George Floyd.
  • The second photo shows George Floyd, but it wasn’t taken three days ago.

George Floyd died after a police officer pressed his knee into the 46-year-old’s neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has been ruled a homicide and the officer has been charged with murder. 

Claims on social media that the death was staged, and that Floyd has appeared in public since the incident on May 25, are wrong. 

"George Floyd at his own funeral and George Floyd 3 days ago," reads one Facebook post. "You forgot America has facial recognition camera ever where, in all city. Facebook and YouTube keep deleted the video that show it a freeman mind operation to bring in Military police in ever city. George Floyd club manager was a crisis actor from Sandy Hook so is the fake police that was on George Floyd’s neck."

The post shows two pictures: one of someone standing in a group of people wearing a black hat, glasses, face mask and hoodie with the words: "RIP George Floyd." The other is a selfie with this text over it: "Video 3 days ago."

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

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We have already debunked claims that Floyd’s death was staged, among other unfounded allegations. But let’s look at the photos used in this Facebook post. 

The first shows former NBA player Stephen Jackson at a rally in support of George Floyd, according to a story on the NBA’s website. Floyd was from Houston and so was Jackson, who said they were friends. The photo caption with the story identifies Jackson as "wearing black sunglasses" — he’s the only person visibly wearing sunglasses in the picture — as well as two players for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jackson published a video recording of himself in that outfit on his Instagram on June 7, and a June 11 New York Times story shows another photo of him in the hoodie, hat and sunglasses with this caption: "Stephen Jackson has been a consistent presence at protests and news conferences in Minneapolis since George Floyd’s death last month." 

The second photo does show Floyd, but it wasn’t taken "three days ago." News outlets started publishing it the day after his death courtesy of Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Floyd’s family. 

We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire.


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