Police

VERIFY: The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office posted a controversial “homeless quilt” photo to Facebook

After controversy erupted over a Facebook post made by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the BBC claimed the agency had previously been in “hot water” over a past social media post about a “homeless quilt.” However, the homeless quilt incident involved the City of Mobile Police Department, a legally separate agency whose only relation to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is the word “Mobile” in its name.

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VERIFY: Tear gas is prohibited in war

A USA Today fact-check on the legality of tear gas for crowd control fails to provide adequate context to explain why the chemical agent is prohibited in war. It falsely reinforces a social media narrative that implies the prohibition on tear gas’ use in war is ipso facto proof of its supposed inhumane characteristics.

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