Fact Check: George Floyd Death Protester Did NOT Accidentally Drop Riot Manual

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: George Floyd Death Protester Did NOT Accidentally Drop Riot Manual Old Photo

Did someone protesting the death of George Floyd accidentally drop pages from a riot manual? No, that's not true: The image shared on social media that purportedly gives instructions for carrying out a riot is one page used in a 2015 hoax and is not related to the protests that followed the death of George Floyd that is blamed on a Minneapolis police officer. The document is used to support the claim that the protests are being carefully orchestrated by a large organization.

The claim appeared in social media posts, including a meme (archived here) posted on May 31, 2020, with the title "A rioter acccidentally dropped this! Oops!!" The meme then opened:

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This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 1 03:56:22 2020 UTC)

The meme image has been extracted from a longer document that emerged in 2015 after the protests in Baltimore, Maryland, in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. It was used then in an attempt to connect a political action committee created by Jonathan Soros, the son of billionaire activist George Soros, with the 2015 violence. That longer version features the logo of that PAC, "Friends of Democracy." Check page 13 to see the image in the meme:

friends-of-democracy-nfidential-level7-ab-c-action-bwi041815-his-30479659 (1).png

Note on page one that it is dated April 18, 2015. There is no support for the claim that is real or connected to the committee, but we can conclude that it has no connection to the protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Other versions included eight pages and claimed it related to the May 2020 protests:

BREAKING; ANTIFA manual that was accidentally dropped at a riot in Oregon. 8 pages. These riots are PLANNED. Brad Banhagel Doug Taylor Dutch Von Erich Jamie Reasor

Posted by Thomas Graham on Saturday, May 30, 2020

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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