Gang-Style Photo of Michael Brown-Fiction!
Gang-Style Photo of Michael Brown-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: A photograph of a young African-American man posing with a pistol and wad of cash in his mouth is alleged to be Michael Brown. Brown was the 18-year-old who was shot on August 9, 2014, during an altercation with a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The Truth: The man in the photo was not Michael Brown, according to an August 19, 2014, article by Fox News affiliate KCTV, in Portland, Ore. The article said that the man in the photo is Jodah Cain, who was arrested in 2013, along with his cousin, for conspiring to murder Cain's great-grandmother. KCTV reported that the photo was posted online after Brown's death and went viral after it appeared on the Facebook page of Kansas City Police Officer Marc Catron along with his comment, "I'm sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I'm sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community." Catron is facing an internal investigation for violating social media policies of the Kansas City Police Department. Posted 08/25/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.
Poor Child shot by police in cold blood
This photo was removed by Facebook 8/19/14 (it was Michael Brown’s Facebook page) at the insistence of his family’s attorneys!
This is a photo of Michael Brown posted on his Facebook page. Michael Brown was the “child” that was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. last week after Brown aggressively responding to that police officer just doing his job. Brown had just robbed a convenience store, on camera!
Please notice the Glock handgun pointed at the camera and a mouthful of cash! Other removed photos showed him in the colors of the Bloods <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloods> and giving the hand signs of the Bloods gang.