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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 26, 2020

George Floyd’s hair does not differ in various images

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  • George Floyd’s death was not a false flag.
  • Video footage shows his hairline from the angle where the blog post claims he has none.

George Floyd was killed after a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, and a blog post claiming his death was a false flag is not going to change that. 

"Why does George Floyd have hair in one shot but is bald in the shots of him laying on the ground?" reads the headline of a June 15 blog post

It compares two still video images: one showing Floyd standing in handcuffs with a visible hairline and another showing him being held on the ground by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In the second image, which is quite blurry, Floyd appears bald. 

This 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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Reuters reported that the second image was altered to blur Floyd’s hair. It was taken from graphic video footage showing Floyd’s death, starting around the 5:10-minute mark. His hairline is visible in the original footage.

Floyd’s hair is also visible in security footage the Washington Post used to create a timeline of the moments leading up to Floyd’s death. Around the 2:20-minute mark, Floyd can be seen from above as he sits handcuffed against a wall. As he moves, his head looks different at different angles. 

This blog post misleads readers to think Floyd’s death was staged. Video footage, witnesses, and autopsy reports prove otherwise.

We rate this post Pants on Fire.


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