You’ve probably seen the photo: A uniformed black police officer stands in front of yellow police tape as he protects white nationalists carrying confederate flags and giving Nazi salutes in Charlottesville, Va.
But the undeniably powerful photo, posted widely to Facebook and Twitter in the wake of violent clashes at a gathering of white nationalists in the city Friday and Saturday in which one woman died after being struck by a car and two state police officers died in a helicopter crash, appears to have been from an earlier event.
While not all those posting the photo linked it directly to this weekend’s Charlottesville, Va., protests, it appears the photo in fact originates from an earlier event. Buzzfeed News found a July 9 post containg the photo on Twitter by Tucson, Ariz., Police Chief Chris Magnus.
A July 10 post on Facebook by Kimberly Payne Hawk also includes the photo of the officer, who Hawk identifies as “Officer Nash” of the Charlottesville, Va., police department. Her post was shared 22,000 times and received 17,000 likes.
Buzzfeed speculates the photo may have been from a July 8 white supremacist rally, also in Charlottesville. The city also was the site of a May protest by torch-carrying white nationalists.