A number of images have gone viral on Twitter following clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. But the images are actually from previous rallies and one is not even from Charlottesville.
One photo shows a black officer guarding Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and people brandishing the confederate flag:
Confederate flags, Nazi salutes, and Klansmen having their rights protected by a black police officer.
This picture hurts. pic.twitter.com/qr5nGkMUvH
— Ubadah Sabbagh (@Neubadah) August 12, 2017
This tweet, which has over 100,000 retweets and 250,000 likes, is from Saturday and it claims to show the officer protecting white supremacists during that rally.
Among the people who shared it on Twitter is Tim Hogan, who worked for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016 and is now national press secretary at The Hub Project.
"A picture worth a thousand words," he said.
Hogan later took it down and said the picture was posted in July:
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) August 12, 2017
One of the first to upload it appears to be Keven Quillon, who claimed on Instagram that the officer is his niece's husband, Officer Darius Ricco Nash.
While Quillon doesn't specify which rally Nash was attending, he called him "one of our living heroes":
A KTVU reporter, Frank Somerville, said on Facebook that the officer was getting trolled after the image went viral:
But the image of officer Nash is not the only one that circulated last weekend and was wrongly attributed to the most recent Charlottesville protest.
This image showing a black woman confronting a Klan member also made the rounds since it was posted on Twitter:
— Madison Wilcox (@mjdarling_11) August 13, 2017
— Cromwell (@Cromwell606) August 13, 2017
Here's the full description of the pic:
More of his photos can be found in an eBook on iTunes called “White Pride.”