June 20, 2021

Pro-Trump Twitter account removed for posing as Black man shot and killed by BCSO deputies – mySA

Twitter has removed dozens of fake accounts claiming to be Black voters in support of President Donald Trump, including one account that posed as a deceased San Antonio man.

According to reports, the social media company took down almost two dozen accounts pretending to be Black police officers, veterans, businessmen and more. One account, which went by the handle @MAGAJavale, was flagged after people noticed the profile photo was of Damian Daniels, the man killed by Bexar County deputies in August.

Daniels, the 30-year-old former Army sergeant, was suffering from a mental health crisis at his home on the Far West Side on Aug. 25 when deputies fatally shot him. The shooting is still under investigation.

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A Twitter user took a screenshot of the account before it was suspended. The tweets from the account said Daniels was a Black cop who believed the only path to success was with Trump. The account had more than 16,000 followers when it was suspended.