After a video surfaced of a Cleveland police officer pepper spraying protesters outside of a 'Black Lives Matter' conference, Twitter vigilantes decided they would find out just who that officer was.
Somehow, an activist identified Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Lieutenant Sean O'Neil in the video and outed him on Twitter. Unfortunately, there was just one problem — he's not the guy.
On his LinkedIn page, O'Neil squashed the claims that he was the officer in the video, claiming that he has been assigned to the night shift for the past few years.
"You can imagine my surprise when I started receiving calls for work about being targeted by Anonymous and that my name was being thrown all around the Twitterverse and other social media sites," he said in the statement. "With the help a good friend, I have been able to get word out regarding this case of mistaken identity, so while I had to disable my other social media accounts, things have begun to settle down and it would appear many have begun to realize the error of their ways."
Mediaite reported that while many have hastily deleted the erroneous tweets, some still remain.
Sean O'Neil. Without that badge your a bitch and a half. https://t.co/2jI3GzvtA4— Charlie (@STLeftist) July 27, 2015
Officer Sean O'Neil macing ppl who were breaking no laws whatsoever,see as he mustbe very much in fear for his life https://t.co/m602w0SgIe— B.L. McMillan (@PoliticalBee) July 27, 2015
And this is Sean O'neil pepper-spraying a group of black people like he would, the bedbugs in his bed. It's shocking https://t.co/b7xY49b2lE— W@njirũ™ (@TheWanjiru) July 27, 2015
Watch the cell phone footage of the incident below.