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    Ferguson Protester's Sign Gets An Offensive Photoshop Edit And Goes Viral

    How one man's peaceful protest sign calling for an end to police violence got morphed into an online rallying cry for supporters of Darren Wilson.

    A few days ago, a photo of a Ferguson protestor holding up a sign that read "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store" was posted online.

    And the image went viral. On one man's Facebook page alone, the photo (accompanied by the caption "You can't make this up!!!!!") was shared over 28,000 times.

    But that's not the real sign. Jermell Hasson, the Ferguson protestor, was actually holding THIS sign:

    What went viral was actually a photoshopped version that was posted on the image-hosting site Imgur with the title "They picked the wrong one."

    The viral Facebook photo has since been deleted, but according to Riverfront Times, the man who posted it (but claims not to have edited it) was surprised by the backlash...

    "This young man robbed a store, assaulted a police officer, and it is just surprising to me the uprising when the physical evidence seems to be overwhelmingly in support of the police officer's actions," considering "qualified investigators at all levels of government" were able to conclude that the officer who shot Michael Brown will not be indicted.

    As for Hasson, who has been peacefully protesting across the street from the police station for weeks, well, he has a message to everyone: "Remove the hatred out of your heart, and come and see what we're doing for yourself."