Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; Photo Making Email Rounds Wasn't Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer It Was Posted Online to Show Justification for Michael Brown's Shooting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; Photo Making Email Rounds Wasn't Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer It Was Posted Online to Show Justification for Michael Brown's Shooting

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Byline: Carole Fader

Times-Union readers want to know:

I received an email with a photo of Darren Wilson, who was identified as the officer who shot unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The photo shows him in a hospital bed with a damaged eye and a face full of cuts and bruises. Is the photo real?

It's a real photo, but it isn't of Wilson.

The photo, however, was posted on Facebook and Twitter and quickly went viral, with many passing it along to show that Brown attacked Wilson, thus justifying the shooting.

The 2006 photo is actually of Jim McNeil, a freestyle motocross rider who was injured in an accident at a friend's house. McNeil later died in a crash while practicing at the Texas Motor Speedway for an exhibition in 2011.

The Huffington Post first revealed that the photo was not of Wilson. It reported that on Tuesday, Sept. 2, Chicago firefighter Kevin O'Grady shared the photo on Facebook and said it showed Wilson in the hospital. …

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