Washington Post deletes tweet claiming George Floyd was ‘shot and killed’ by police

The Washington Post deleted a Monday tweet that incorrectly claimed that George Floyd was fatally shot in 2020 while in police custody.

The post included a submission platform for the public to answer what has and has not changed since the police-involved death of Floyd occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was shot and killed in police custody. His death sparked outrage, wide scale protests and calls to change policing,” the tweet read. “Two years later, what has — or hasn’t changed?”

Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center posted a screenshot showing that the error was repeated in a Washington Post news story. The error was corrected a short time later, according to the news site Mediaite.

Within minutes of deleting the initial tweet, the paper did share another post about Floyd. The paper noted, “We’ve deleted a previous tweet for this form that included language that was changed after publish.”

Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who, in videos taken from bystanders and police cams, was seen putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes after Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money. International outrage erupted over images of Floyd’s death and spurred protests, riots and calls for police reform.  

A panel of jurors found Chauvin guilty 13 months after Floyd’s death for unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

David Fowler, who is a defense medical expert, testified that Floyd’s heart disease caused a “sudden cardiac arrhythmia” while he was restrained, saying that his use of fentanyl and methamphetamine contributed to his death.

Blood tests found 11 nanogram per milliliter of fentanyl in Floyd’s bloodstream at the time of his death, which experts testified to not be fatal levels, according to USA Today.




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