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Circulating Picture of Ferguson Protest Sign is Faked

This widely circulated image depicts a protester in the troubled city of Ferguson holding up a sign that reads 'No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store'.

The image has caused a good deal of consternation as it travels.

However, while the photograph itself is genuine, the text on the sign has been altered. The original sign read 'No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he leaves home'.  The original unaltered version can be seen on an earlier news report about the Ferguson protests.

The altered picture was posted to image sharing website imgur along with the following caption:
The black community has every reason to be angry with the police, and the brutality they inflict. But making a martyr out of the kid that robbed a store and attacked a police officer is just mind boggling. Micheal Brown is one of the worst things to happen to race relations in a long time.
The user, 'Bdawgid', has since admitted altering the image:
Edit: Yes, I shopped this. It captured mine, and many others, frustration with this whole situation.


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Last updated: December 3, 2014
First published: December 3, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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