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Fact Check: 2022 Post Of Man Being Shot In US Viral With Fake Communal Angle 


A widely circulated video on social media shows an individual exiting a car with a pistol, and firing at a man allegedly engaged in sexual assault on a woman on the road. The video is claimed to be from Britain, stating that when a Muslim man assaulted a girl on the road, a police officer shot him dead.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ब्रिटेन की सड़कों पर #अल्लाह के बंदे बीच सड़क पर ब्रिटेन वालों की बेटी के साथ रेप की कोशिश कर रहा था, फिर क्या हुआ, हिंदुस्तान थोड़े ही है जो बाबा का झुनझुना बजाते रहो, जो इंसाफ होना चाहिए हुआ, इस निडर पुलिस वाले ने इस #जिहादी को 72 हूरों के पास पहुंचा दिया शांती के लिए न्याय बहुत जरूरी है” (English version: See below.)

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Putting the video keyframes through Google Reverse Image Search, the NM team traced various media reports featuring scenes related to this video. According to a report dated November 11, 2022, camera footage released by the Baltimore Police (Maryland, US) depicted Officer Zachary Rutherford shooting ‘No Shoot Zone’ community activist Tyree Moorehead, who was on top of a woman and assaulting her. A large knife was visible nearby. Officer Rutherford and his partner Michael Hazel responded to the scene. Baltimore Police Commissioner Brian Nadeau, overseeing the internal investigation, stated that the officers were called to a situation where a man held a knife to a woman’s neck. Nadeau further mentioned that the woman on the ground with Moorehead claimed no prior relationship with him and was going to the grocery store.

The video, released by the police on November 8, 2022, describes: “Baltimore police released a body-worn camera video Tuesday from the officer who shot and killed a man who was threatening a woman with a knife Sunday. The video shows the officer, identified as Zachary Rutherford, pulling up to the scene in West Baltimore, where he sees Tyree Moorehead on top of a woman and holding a large butcher knife at her head. Rutherford screams “Drop the knife” but Moorehead continues to straddle the woman on the pavement. Rutherford then fires his weapon multiple times at close range, the video shows. As Rutherford fires his weapons, the woman rolls away to safety. She was not shot or stabbed, police said”. 

In another report, dated November 11, 2022, citing the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, it was stated that Baltimore Police Officer Zachary Rutherford shot 46-year-old Tyree Moorehead in the vicinity of North Fulton Avenue and West Lafayette Avenue on the afternoon of November 6. The report indicated that Moorehead was shot after being found armed with a knife and assaulting a woman. Notably, Moorehead was known for spray-painting ‘no shoot zones’ at shooting sites across the city of Baltimore.

Thus, it is confirmed that an old unrelated video from the US is shared with a false communal angle. 

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