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"Social media has killed David Quintavalle": Twitter mob fingers wrong man in Capitol riot

Added 01-14-21 12:35:02pm EST - “"This story has f----- my life up."” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “"Social media has killed David Quintavalle": Twitter mob fingers wrong man in Capitol riot”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ask not for whom the Twitter lynch mob tolls, it tolls for … anyone in CFD gear, apparently. David Quinavalle spent January 6th quietly at home in the Chicago area celebrating his wife’s birthday, but that didn’t matter to a mob of Twitter sleuths looking for the identities of those involved in the Capitol riots. After a picture of one man wearing a CFD cap showed up in the pictures and videos, the mob came after Quintavalle, a retired firefighter with a passing resemblance:

This is the individual the FBI is seeking as a person of interest in connection with the murder of the Capitol Hill police officer.

The retired Chicago firefighter from Mount Greenwood — whom social media trolls called a “terrorist” and accused of fatally wielding a fire extinguisher that killed a cop as a mob of Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — was grocery shopping and celebrating his wife’s birthday in Chicago, Patch has learned.

Twitter exploded with unsubstantiated claims Tuesday that Quintavalle — who retired from the fire department in 2016 after 32 years — was the bearded “#extinguisherman” in a surveillance video wearing a “CFD” stocking cap wanted for questioning and “soon to be arrested” by the FBI regarding the fatal beating of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

Quintavalle, who shaved his beard before Christmas, told Patch that he wasn’t in Washington, D.C., last week. He went grocery shopping at Aldi at 9 a.m. and made a home-cooked supper of filet mignon and lobster to celebrate his wife’s birthday with their Chicago police officer son on the day rioters breached the Capitol.

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