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Denver Cop Who Died From COVID Revealed To Be Anti-vaxxer

Daniel "Duke" Trujillo wrote on Facebook in April about getting the vaccine, “I'll get it later after y’all start growing appendages out of y’all’s foreheads.” A few weeks later he died from COVID.
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Trujillo is the second Denver Sheriff Department officer to die this month. (The guy in the TikTok video above features right-wing "survivalist expert" Brady Pesola that Trujillo posted to his Facebook page.)

Source: Daily Dot

A Denver police officer died on May 26 following complications from COVID-19. In the hours after his passing, social media users uncovered evidence of the officer’s anti-vax history, along with posts voicing distrust of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sheriff Deputy Daniel Trujillo, who typically went by Duke Trujillo on social media, passed away. The department asked for “thoughts and prayers” for his family following his death.

But many users couldn’t help but point out the sad irony of the situation, assuming that Trujillo may have lived if he’d merely trusted science.

In a Thursday tweet from the Intercept’s Ken Klippenstein, several of Trujillo’s temporary Facebook profile pictures were revealed. One shows a banner surrounding a photo often used by author and journalist Shea Serrano as his avatar with the words “I don’t care if you’ve had your vaccine” plastered on it. The next sees a different banner surrounding a picture of a Boulder Police badge, this time announcing, “I have an immune system.”

Several other posts and bits of Trujillo’s history also came to light following the announcement of his death. In one since-deleted post, Trujillo appears to claim that he’ll consider getting the vaccine “after y’all start growing appendages out of y’all’s foreheads.”

News reports mentioned he might have had some "vaccine hesitancy." No shit.

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