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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.

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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.

Via imgur.com

The sign is a reference to Michael Brown, who was fatally shot shortly after surveillance footage captured him robbing a convenience store.

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

Photo by Mitch Ryals / Riverfront Times / Via blogs.riverfronttimes.com

Sign reads: "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he leaves home #BlackLivesMatter #StayHuman"

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 caption reads: "The black community has every reason to be angry with the police, and the brutality they inflict. But making a martyr out of the kid that robbed a store and attacked a police officer is just mind boggling. Micheal Brown is one of the worst things to happen to race relations in a long time."

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."

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