Fact Check: Does The Video Show Recent Train Looting In Chicago? Here’s The Truth

According to recent media reports, thieves looted trains filled with packages from UPS, FedEx and Amazon in Los Angeles County, California in the USA. In this backdrop, a video depicting a train robbery in Chicago has gone viral on social media with a claim that iit is of the recent incident. 

The video is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads: “This is from a train yard in Chicago not from any African countries and you want to know why store shelves are empty, here is one of the reasons. Biden’s America.”

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Using the InVid Tool, we extracted keyframes from the viral video and performed a Reverse Image Search. This search directed us to a YouTube video uploaded on June 1, 2020, that carried a similar video from a different angle. The video description read, “Freight train robbed in Chicago while moving.” Check a similar video here.

Searching further, we found the same video uploaded on Facebook on June 30, 2020, with the caption” “Chicago train looting. I can’t wait to see what lawsuits will be filed on behalf of the looters for what? Injury While Looting This will surely advance the BLM cause don’t you just know !!!” 

Below is the comparison between the viral video and the video uploaded in 2020. This clearly shows that the viral video is not recent. 

A similar video from a different angle was also uploaded on a verified Facebook page of a media house “RT News” on June 4, 2020, with the caption, “Thieves looted TVs from a MOVING TRAIN near Chicago.” 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a 2020 video is being falsely shared as that of a recent train robbery in Chicago. 

 

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