Baseless Conspiracy Theory Claims Floyd Case Was ‘Staged’

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Viral text posts are advancing the groundless claim that George Floyd’s arrest and death in Minneapolis were “staged” to incite “racial tensions.” But they offer no evidence to support that conspiracy theory.

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Text posts of a nearly 1,000-word screed shared by thousands on Facebook are baselessly suggesting that the arrest and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, were “staged.”

The posts have circulated in the wake of Floyd’s death on May 25. Floyd, a black man, was shortly after he was detained by police. A  of the arrest shows the 46-year-old repeatedly saying that he could not breathe as an officer, a white man, kneels

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