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Report: Russia-Linked Accounts Stirred Discord In Milwaukee

Accounts Sought To Spur Racial, Political Discord After Police Officer's Fatal Shooting Of Black Man Sparked Riots

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A Milwaukee newspaper’s review of tweets found Russia-linked accounts sought to spur racial and political discord in Wisconsin after a police officer’s fatal shooting of a black man sparked riots.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the accounts sent more than 30 tweets during the August 2016 unrest in Milwaukee following the shooting.

One of the accounts, @TEN-GOP, is named in a recent federal indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller. The account tweeted during the riots: “This is Obama’s America! #Milwaukee.” Another account claimed Black Lives Matter supporters were targeting “white people for a beat down.”

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