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The Daily Mail published a fake George Floyd mugshot last year:

This is NOT George Floyd.

I know this is fake because I got the real mugshots from Texas law enforcement. You can read the painstakingly boring account of that bureaucratic process here. That post with his mugshots was picked up by Google News and other aggregators last year because I was the only website on the internet to do so. This attracted a few hundred crazy people who emailed or called me to accuse me of being racist. I did, however, manage to turn a few of them.

After about 5 minutes these people actually understood why I did it. In short, it never made sense to me once I saw Cup Foods employees warn Floyd after he passed the fake bill. Two different groups of people went to his car and told him to leave or give back their cigarettes. In fact, “forgery in progress” is an almost never-occurring crime. If you think about it, most people who try passing a single fake bill don’t even know they have it. A lot of times people report that to the police to try to catch where they got it from. Or, a store doesn’t check, and they find out too late.

So I wanted people to remember that this guy had committed plenty of crime in his day. Whether he had reformed himself or not, he knows better than to sit around waiting for the cops to show up. The speed at which the cops arrived is another story, that nobody will probably cover. But I digress…

Misinformation Spreads Like Fire & Sticks Like Glue

Some people still think this is a mugshot of George Floyd. It isn’t. There is a chance it is a man named “Omar Jamal Jett” who Floyd was either mistaken for, or used his name during one of his arrests. But the Houston police actually sent me physical copies & print outs of Floyd’s mugshots and this was not included. But the Daily Mail still has this up from an article in May of last year. I found this picture from an anonymous user on Twitter prior to seeing it published by Daily Mail. I asked them where they got it from and they said it was on the Houston PD website (it wasn’t) or the county records. But it wasn’t. Let’s put it this way, if this is a picture from a George Floyd arrest, it didn’t come from Texas and there is no way to verify it.

So I’ll extend Daily Mail an undeserved benefit of the doubt. But I challenge them to prove this came from a George Floyd arrest, because they can’t do it. I can prove I got my photographs from the Houston PD because I literally showed a copy of the receipt. And the envelope it came in. So take a look for yourself before you hold onto a false belief about what this guy looked like.

They Would Rather Riot Than Get Their Fake Social Justice Verdict

While the rhetoric about Chauvin’s trial is that he shouldn’t even have a trial because it’s so obvious he’s guilty…I spoke to hundreds of people while I researched my book, and none of them even watched “the video.” They just saw the image and read a headline. Even the people who claim to have watched the video multiple times never watched the entire video. There are things that happen which nobody has ever talked about. Like the fact that Darnella Frazier and her young cousin laugh at one of the cops. Or the fact that they walked past Floyd on the ground before turning around to film it, proving it wasn’t all that interesting to them at one point.

There’s also a moment when Floyd is being put into the ambulance that you can see Chauvin holding his hand. Looks like he is comforting Floyd. Not exactly the cold blooded killer he was painted out to be. Several witnesses say things like “he looks damn near dead” implying that even they didn’t know if he was really dead on the scene or not.

The question of whether or not Chauvin actually murdered this man is obvious. He didn’t. He applied a relatively light pressure on the man’s next, while he went into an overdose state of panic which contributed to his death. In other words, Floyd killed himself by passive aggressively resisting arrest. This occurred in part, because of a very obscure legal parameter between law enforcement & the public. A law enforcement officer cannot submit to a mob’s decree. In other words, Chauvin could have lost his job if he got off Floyd just because a crowd said to. If you notice what happened after that phenomenon was released on video, all across the country you had mimic crimes. People tested police’s resolve to not assault the public, just like Floyd did.

Remember This As You Watch The Trial

If you watch the trial, remember that even a major news outlet like Daily Mail ran a fake mugshot of George Floyd. It is possible that the people on the jury saw it. Along with other small pieces of misinformation or tampered evidence.

This entire case is more likely to get thrown out because of these inconsistencies, than it is to have a guilty verdict.

In fact, people are ready, waiting to riot. They probably would rather that, actually.

Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Matt has been an artist since he was a child: dancing, illustrating, writing, and producing music. In business, Matt is a master strategist, and expert in communications. He combines his creative passions with his diligence as a professional to give clients a fierce competitive advantage in any circumstance. He has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Temple University. Follow Matt on Twitter @mattebphl