Russia reportedly used social media to promote protests during Freddie Gray trials

Posted at 7:04 AM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2018-12-31 14:12:23-05

More proof of Russian meddling in the United States, and this time it's targeting Baltimore.

CNN reports the country used social media to promote protests in the city during trials for the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case.

They reportedly created an online campaign called 'Don't Shoot Us'. This campaign used a number of popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and it even used Pokemon Go to promote these protests.

According to CNN, these were web-based efforts that claimed to be linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

It was an effort to exploit racial tension in the country and push for protests in July during a court hearing for Lieutenant Brian Rice, one of the six officers charged in Gray's death.

The push was made for people to protest in front of the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse during the officer's hearing.

These attempts were unsuccessful, seeing as though there were no large protests during the officer's trials in 2016.

The social media sites involved have since been suspended, but the Don't Shoot website is still active.