Signs of a Protest

Rumor: Photo shows a Ferguson protester holding a sign reading 'No Mother Should Have to Fear for Her Son's Life Every Time He Robs a Store.'

Claim:   Photograph shows a protester holding a "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store" sign in front of a fire station in Ferguson, Missouri.


FALSE


Example:   [Collected via Twitter, December 2014]

 

Origins:   A photograph showing a Ferguson protester holding a sign reading "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store" was posted to the photo-sharing site Imgur on 27 November 2014 by user Bdawgid. That image was accompanied by the following message:

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.
 

Although the above-displayed photograph does depict three protesters standing outside a fire department in Ferguson, Missouri, the wording on the sign has been altered. The original photograph was taken by Mitch Ryals and was published in the Riverfront Times on 1 October 2014; it documents the message on the sign carried by the center protester actually read: "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he leaves home":


Imgur user Bdawgid eventually admitted he had manipulated the image:

Yes, I shopped this. It captured mine, and many others, frustration with this whole situation.
 


Last updated:   23 May 2015


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