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Mortifying: Twitter Mob Misidentifies Capitol Hill Riot Suspect — ‘This Story Has F’d Up My Life’

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A retired Chicago firefighter has been wrongfully identified as the man that used a fire extinguisher to attack a police officer at the U.S. Capitol and has been targeted with threats and people calling him a terrorist, according to The Daily Wire.

We need to RESPONSIBLY find the person of interest.
Let the authorities make the call on positive IDs.
Our job is to provide tips to the investigators.
Leave the actual law enforcement work to the actual law enforcement professionals.

— Political Southpaw (@DahlELama2) January 13, 2021

The man accused, David Quintavalle, was nowhere near the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

He went grocery shopping in the morning and cooked supper for his wife’s birthday that evening, where they were joined by their son, a police officer. He only discovered the Twitter mob was after him when a friend alerted him.

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Quintavalle said, “I got a phone call from a friend who said, ‘You should see what they twittered about you,’ adding, ‘Some woman from British Columbia showed the [surveillance] picture of the guy wearing CFD stocking cap and a beard like I’ve had, and file footage when I was protesting the city inappropriately scoring the fire lieutenants exam, and said, ‘This is the guy.’ And the ball started rolling. Everybody started saying, ‘Here’s the guy.’”

“Soon, social media filled with details about Quintavalle’s personal life, including his appearance at a ‘Walk To Support CPD’ rally in Mount Greenwood in August to support his namesake son, an Englewood District police officer who still lives at home,” Patch reported. “… By Tuesday night, Quintavalle began getting angry calls from people saying he’s a ‘f***ing murderer’ who belongs in jail. TV news reporters had staked out his house. Chicago police dispatched a patrol car to keep watch overnight, as well, his lawyer said.”

“I am amazed at the number of bots with practically no followers coming out of the woodwork saying it’s not David Quintavalle.” Another added, “And his son is a cop. If David Quintavalle is the guy — a retired firefighter who threw a fire extinguisher at a cop — the irony would be just too much.”

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“This story has f***ed my life up.”

Quintavalle’s attorney, John Nisivaco stated, “I expect the federal government will soon shed light on this case of mistaken identity. Social media has killed David Quintavalle. This has been an absolute disaster to him personally and his family. There’s a cop car outside his house. It’s over a picture that kind of looks like him because people sitting behind a keyboard with no proof or evidence are throwing out these tweets, and they’re wrong. Holy smokes, it’s eye-opening how terrifying social media can be when something like this happens.”

The FBI announced that Robert Sanford, 55, was arrested and now faces three felony charges, including assaulting an officer, for allegedly throwing a fire extinguisher at a Capitol police officer. “The projectile he is accused of throwing was not the one that killed Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was also struck in the head by a fire extinguisher during the melee and later died from his injuries.”

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