Claim: Image depicts injuries suffered by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation with shooting victim Mike Brown.
Example: [Collected via email, September 2014]
Broken Eye Socket in Ferguson, Missouri
How much have loyal FoxNews Viewers seen in the media, in defense of this officer or at least, his side of this story? Why isn't the media releasing the photos of Police Officer Darren Wilson's injuries after he was assaulted by "the unarmed black teenager?"
He was attacked and punched in the face before he emptied his weapon into the drugged "unarmed teenager," this is what a broken eye socket looks like.
There's always three sides to most stories and God, being the third witness, knows the truth.
Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson MO Police Department
Why aren't the media releasing the photos of Police Officer Darren Wilson's injuries after he was assaulted by "the unarmed black teenager?"?
He was punched in the face before he emptied his weapon into the drugged "unarmed teenager" — here is what a broken eye socket looks like.
Origins: The shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on
Police initially stated Brown had been shot by Wilson following a "physical confrontation," and some rumors stated Wilson had sustained a broken facial bone during the incident. While the officer was transported to a local hospital following the shooting, no specific injuries have been confirmed by Ferguson police, and video taken at the Ferguson police department just hours after Wilson shot Brown show no apparent injury to Wilson's eye.
In the weeks following the shooting, tensions flared in Ferguson and elsewhere. Rhetoric intensified, and one particular rumor involving Wilson's "eye socket" was heavily repeated. On
Reports that Ofc Darren Wilson had a bruised or fractured eye socket are false. #ferguson A source close to the investigation tells CNN— Julian Cummings CNN (@JulianCummings) August 21, 2014
Wilson was taken to the hospital after the shooting. He had xrays which came back negative. He was treated for a swollen face. #ferguson— Julian Cummings CNN (@JulianCummings) August 21, 2014
The rumor about Wilson's purported broken facial bone resurged in early September 2014 after a handful of well-trafficked social media users began to circulate the photo above with an attached claim the image depicted Wilson's injuries, including syndicated columnist Larry Elder:
In fact, the image displayed above is not a photo of allegedly battered Officer Darren Wilson, but rather a picture of now-deceased motocross rider Jim McNeil, who was killed in an accident in 2011 and sustained the injuries seen in the image above back in 2006.
Last updated: 25 November 2014