Occasionally, against all odds, you’ll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But probably not this week. Here are the fake viral Baltimore photos that deserve nothing more than a pitiless “delete.”

Image via Twitter/@Dat_Saintsfan


Some of this week’s worst bullshit photos were posted online by racist trolls using the hashtag #BaltimoreLootCrew. As Gawker’s own Sam Biddle reported yesterday, a reverse image search shows that the images have no connection the city, misattributed by bigots affiliated with the 8chan message board.

Astute readers will notice that the unnamed white girl pictured above is Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell who—you’ll be relieved to hear—did not get shot with a 9 mm or any other caliber of bullet on Monday.

Image via Twitter


Another widely-circulated “Baltimore” photo showed an enormous fire silhouetting a McDonald’s sign, an image so striking that Memphis’ WHBQ-TV used it to illustrate their Baltimore coverage. It’s not completely clear where the photo (which has previously been attributed to Venezuela’s 2014 riots) comes from, but it pre-dates the unrest in Baltimore by over a year.

In a since-deleted apology, the station acknowledged their mistake:

Images via Facebook/fedgeno.com/Reverb Press


However, not every bogus picture of this week’s rioting was designed to inflame or incense. Some were downright whimsical, like this photo of a supposedly stolen miniature train.

In reality, the image comes from a protest in Ferguson last year. According to Buzzfeed, the “Peace Train” was brought from Atlantic City by Ferguson residents who own an amusement ride company.

Image via Twitter


No, New Balance did not turn photos of Monday’s violence into a series of tasteless ads, a fact the shoe maker clarified this week by repeatedly tweeting, “This is clearly not a New Balance generated post – we ask that you please do not re-tweet.”

By Tuesday morning, the company had somewhat stemmed the tide of outrage, but not before the images were shared by rapper Joe Budden to 940,000 of his fans.

Images via Twitter


This scene from Baltimore’s protests, on the other hand, was both real and good.

“I want to bring positivity to the streets,” 22-year-old Michael Jackson superfan Dimitri Reeves told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday. “I want Baltimore to make it through this and be stronger.”