The 19-year-old man suspected of co-conspiring with his brother to carry out the Boston Marathon bombing is being called innocent by many on social media. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is trending across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the #freejahar movement is underway.
"He's f***ing innocent. If he were 'guilty', it wouldn't take this long to f***ing prove it, and there would actually be evidence," said Twitter user, @sedathemermaid.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is facing the death penalty after being charged with using weapons of mass destruction. His brother, Tamerlan, died after a shootout with police early on Friday morning. The brothers’ parents have claimed that their sons were victims of a setup.
Troy Crossley, one of Tsarnaev's friends, started the #TroyCRossleyTruth campaign on Twitter. @TroyCrossley tweeted: "We The Private Eye have Proven Jhar innocent an (sic) soon he will publicly be innocent ..Keep up the great job campaigners."
Those who want to entertain conspiracy theories simply reject the idea that the two brothers could have gone through with such a horrible crime, News.com reported.
"We are dealing with conspiratorially minded individuals who don't believe anything the government says anyway," said terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer of Stanford University. "The simplest and most effective strategy is probably to highlight the suffering caused by the bombs. Let them see the injured women and children. The most hardcore extremists won't care, but some fence-sitters might."
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that the brothers had a stockpile of weapons that was "as dangerous as it gets in urban policing,”
Davis told CBS:
"We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene - the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had - that they were going to attack other individuals. That's my belief at this point."