Down the Discreditation Rabbit Hole

Down the Discreditation Rabbit Hole

Over the past few days an elaborate on-line narrative has started gaining traction proposing that the killing of George Floyd was a staged incident. The claim is that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd is not the person currently in police custody or could be the actor Benjamin Ray Bailey. 

One likely explanation for why this story is being circulated is that its part of an information discreditation similar to the Eric Ciaramella misidentification, Ilhan Omar at an Antifa riot, and Need a Nazi for a project campaigns.

Derek Chauvin vs. Benjamin Bailey
Image 1: The results of various video analytics on the images of Derek Chauvin and Benjamin Ray Bailey

Fellow fish citizens, beware of the bait! Hopefully the following conclusive results will put this little conspiracy to rest. 

  1. The Person of Interest 1 F (POI-1 F) identified as Derek Chauvin in the police booking images matched within 99% certainty the image of the uniformed police officer seen in the video kneeling on George Floyd.
  2. POI-1 F matched within 99% certainty the image of POI-2 identified as Derek Chauvin in the police booking images. 
  3. The ear geometry of POI-1 S identified in the police booking images as Derek Chauvin matched the officer in uniform seen kneeling on George Floyd within 97% certainty. 
  4. The height of the officer seen kneeling on George Floyd is ~ 5’-9”.  This did not match the height of Benjamin Ray Bailey who is ~ 6’-6”.
  5. Benjamin Bailey’s image did not match the image of the officer in uniform seen kneeling on George Floyd.
  6. The ear geometry of Benjamin Bailey Object of Interest 2 (OOI-2) did not match the ear geometry of OOI-1 in the image of POI-1 S identified in the police booking images as Derek Chauvin. 

References and Sources
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

Note on Image Sourcing:
All Derek Chauvin’s images were acquired from these primary sources. All images were tested for deepfake content and post editing. 

  1. Booking photos taken on on May 29, 2020, at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Booking photos taken on May 30, 2020, at the Hennepin County Jail.
  3. Booking photos taken on May 31, 2020, at the Oak Park Minnesota correctional Facility.
  4. Minnesota beauty pageant competition footage recorded on June 23, 2018.

What is a Discreditation Operation
Information discreditation is a form of character assassination and black propaganda. It entails the deliberate production and publication of information that is either completely or partially false and the distribution of such misinformation on various on-line or print platforms. Soon after the misinformation starts showing up in derivative works, news feeds, etc. or reaches some other level of engagement, the authors points out the false information and uses it to attack the credibility of the individual(s) who used, referenced, and/or distributed it. The end result is that the false information ends up discrediting the people who consumed and shared it.

*** Update 06/12/2020 ***
Apparently, the current conspiracy theory has just spawned another conspiracy theory claiming that George Floyd’s fiancé, Courtney Ross is Derek Chauvin. Running the analytics shows that the images of Courtney do not match Chauvin on gender, age, or facial features.

Courtney Ross vs. Derek Chauven
Image 2: The results of various video analytics comparing the images of Courtney Ross and Derek Chauven.

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