Washington Post Falsely Claims George Floyd Was 'Shot & Killed' by Police
Left-wing outlet provokes backlash with false claims
The Washington Post has provoked a fierce backlash after it pushed false claims that "George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody."
The Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper was forced to walk back the claim after triggering outrage on social media.
The left-wing outlet made the claims in a now-delated tweet that linked to an article on its website that repeated the falsehood.
Both the tweet and article stated:
"On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody.
"His death sparked outrage, wide-scaled protests and calls to change policing. Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
Following the backlash, the Washington Post posted another tweet explaining that the previous one had been deleted.
"We’ve deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish,” the new tweet read.
We've deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 24, 2022
The updated article reads, “On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died in police custody.
"His death sparked outrage, wide-scale protests, and calls to change policing.
"Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”
The Post tried to excuse the false claim by stating that the article was reader submitted.
However, the outlet failed to explain how a "reader submission" would bypass the editor or would be posted to Twitter without being checked first.
Newsbusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck shared screenshots of the tweet and the original article, along with his own comments.
"Mannnn you guys just barely escaped the wrath of Nina Jankowicz and her Ministry of Truth,” he tweeted.
"Not only did The Washington Post mess this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same thing on their own website (right).”
Not only did The Washington Post mess this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same thing on their own website (right) pic.twitter.com/nWhNEAvFke— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 24, 2022
“Washington Post, which wants to restrict free speech to combat disinformation, can’t even get this well-known event right,” Max Abrahms added.
Tim Swain commented, “You may have deleted the tweet but the internet is forever @washingtonpost.”
“I can’t wait for next year’s @washingtonpost exposé on what George Floyd’s suicide tells us about ourselves,” Derek Hunter said.
George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis Police officers, but he was not shot.
He died after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck and remained there for over nine minutes.
Chauvin was convicted in April of 2021 of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death — and sentenced to 22.5 years behind bars.
However, he has since made it clear that he would appeal that conviction.
The former officer is arguing that the judge "improperly denied requests to grant him a new trial, sequester the jury during the trial, and disqualify ‘clearly biased’ potential jurors during jury selection."
He adds that Judge Peter Cahill "erred in permitting prosecutors to add a third-degree murder charge shortly before trial and in concluding that the man who had been with Floyd on the day of his arrest could not be forced to testify."