Disinfo: Children in the West are taught to fear and hate the police

Summary

Children in the West are taught to fear and hate the police.

The almost nine-minute video on the (Nickelodeon) channel broadcasts a simple idea to young viewers: “The American police are killing people” – thereby instilling them with fear of law enforcement agencies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the current protests in the US.

Last week, along with other networks, Nickelodeon paused its scheduled programming for exactly 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Derek Chauvin from the Minneapolis Police Department had his knee pressed on Floyd's neck as he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe."

It is a conspiracy theory to claim that children in the West are taught to fear and hate the police, the message diffused by the channel included no hate. In fact, last week, Nickelodeon's screen turned orange and its "Declaration of Kids' Rights" played across the screen. While a few parents complained that the “I Can’t Breathe” commercial that played during the blackout was too “scary” for their children, the vast majority insisted that the ad was “super important” for children to see.

Nickelodeon's symbolic moment of silence followed a weekend of large-scale and impassioned protests across the United States, after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The responsible police officer has been charged with third-degree murder, and he and three other attending officers have been fired.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Racism

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Disproof

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