FACT CHECK: Is This Don Knotts Statue Going To Be Removed Because He Portrayed A Police Officer On TV?

FACT CHECK: Is This Don Knotts Statue Going To Be Removed Because He Portrayed A Police Officer On TV?


An image shared on Facebook claims a statue of actor Don Knotts is being taken down in his hometown because he portrayed a police officer on a television show.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that the statue is set to be taken down. The claim appears to have originated on a satire website.

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Fact Check:

Amid nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody, numerous statues and monuments have been removed and defaced across the country, according to The Hill.

Some social media users recently shared an image of a statue of Knotts, famous for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” with a caption suggesting that the likeness will soon be removed following complaints. The statue was unveiled in July 2016 and is located in Knott’s hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, MetroNews reported.

“Even the statue of Barney Fife (Don Knotts) is being taken down in his hometown because he played a police officer, sick of it yet,” reads the image’s caption.

But there is no evidence that the statue, which is owned and maintained by the city, is set

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