Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the person placed in charge of security in Ferguson Missouri, was photographed making hand signs that some conservatives and a CNN iReport incorrectly concluded were gang signs.
The thing is, they were actually hand signs for the black fraternity Johnson has been part of.
Capt. Johnson is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a black fraternity that was formed in 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, and the hand sign you see in the pictures below is a Kappa greeting.
The iReport, which CNN had deleted from its website, was circulate on Twitter by user @DixielandDiva, who tweeted,
“BLACK Capt. Ron Johnson and his gang signs needs to resign.”
The misinformation reportedly spawned a Facebook page calling on Johnson to step down, and also spread to other websites.
The Twitter account was eventually deleted, but not before dozens of tweets mocked the user for not realizing that Johnson’s hand gesture was a Kappa greeting.