Shaun King’s anti-cop lie is retweeted over 60K times, even after proof it is bogus

Black Lives Matter activist and New York Daily News columnist Shaun King is catching heat for post on Twitter that has been re-tweeted nearly 60,000 times.

The anti-police tweet showed two photos of police cruisers from the Danville, Va. police department with their hoods up which, King alleged, was to block their dashboard cameras.

The only problem with the “fact” King shared in his post that has been re-tweeted more than 58, 000 times?

It’s not true.

Not only was King “the wrongest person on the internet,” Snopes blew a hole in his anti-police narrative when the real reason for the open hoods was checked directly with the police department.

According to Snopes:

“We contacted the Danville Police Department to ask whether the department had such a policy in place (i.e., allowing officers to obstruct dash cams) and inquire about the images circulating on social media, and the officer with whom we spoke was aware of the photographs and stated that no such policy in Danville permitted police to deliberately obstruct their vehicle dash cams. He also told us that the photographs were taken during the investigation of a civilian vehicle that had been “shot up,” adding that the investigation took place over the course of an afternoon as police spent several hours combing the area for evidence such as shell casings Since responding vehicles remained at the scene for several hours, he said, officers lifted their units’ hoods as a preventive measure to protect against overheating.”

Snopes added that a representative from the Danville Police Department said that the “amount of electronic equipment required in a Patrol vehicle causes a substantial amount of heat to build in the engine compartment.”

“The accusations that this is being done for any nefarious purpose are completely false. We have had zero complaints from local citizens,” the representative told Snopes.

King’s Twitter page still contains the tweet and photos with no corrections or retractions. In fact, he responded to the Snopes report with another tweet on the subject.

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