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Photo Of Black Policeman Guarding Charlottesville Protesters Debunked As Fake News

Be careful of what you read on the Internet -- it's not always trustworthy! For instance, following the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, a Facebook post was circulated that supposedly was taken at Saturday's protest, featuring a photo of a black police officer protecting the white supremacists attending the event. 

This is my nieces husband Darius Ricco Nash. He is one of our living heroes in this country. I'm ashamed that you may...

Posted by Keven Quillon on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tweets of the photo generated thousands of favorites and retweets on Twitter before users realized it was actually taken back in July.

This photo is powerful. This is Charlottesville Police Officer Nash serving our community and protecting the KKK's...

Posted by Kimberly Payne Hawk on Monday, July 10, 2017

There was another white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on July 8, 2017, which is likely where this photo was taken. More than a thousand people were in attendance, including about 50 Ku Klux Klan members. According to USA Today, police used tear gas on the crowd, and 22 people were arrested.

There was also a white supremacist rally at the same site in May, which featured very similar torches to those which were a part of the most recent protest.

It's also true that this isn't the only picture of a black cop protecting white supremacists.

However, this photo was definitely not taken a the rally this past weekend, no matter what posters would have you believe. Many have now taken down their statuses and tweets, apologizing for the mistake. 

Always be on the lookout for fake news!

H/T - Buzzfeed, Facebook

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