Protesters Didn’t Chant “Kill a Cop!”

The “kill a cop” chant report was an untruth.

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Protesters do stupid and even criminal things. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to pass on falsehoods about them. Of course, if you are merely passing on information from a trusted source, you are not intentionally lying about people. But when you learn the truth you have to undo the damage.

Yesterday, I wrote a post about how critics of the police do not bear the guilt of the horrific murders that were committed on two NYPD police officers. I named New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as someone wrongfully blamed (though it was painful to defend him). The Reason.com post I linked to would have also shown that Rand Paul was being blamed for the violent attacks.

But I hadn’t heard about the protestors chanting “kill a cop,” so I had to insert an explanation into my post, saying that such calls for violence were indeed worthy of blame for those who followed the action the called for.

Except it doesn’t look like the report of the chant was correct at all.

Here is footage with the chant. You will especially hear it at about the 25-second mark and it ends at about 1:05.

Plainly the protesters are chanting: “We won’t stop. / We can’t stop / Till killer cops / Are in cell blocks.

I don’t think that the protester are right about what they are saying about Ferguson, but that is there opinion and they are going to share it.

But their words should not be twisted and cut short and misrepresented. Thus, Mediaite reports:

Three times over the last 24 hours, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF has played a misleadingly edited clip from last week’s National “Justice for All” March in Washington, D.C. to make it sound like protesters were calling on people to “kill a cop.”

“At this rally in Washington, D.C. participants chanted, ‘We won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop,’” WBFF’s Melinda Roeder said during a Sunday night report about the murder of two police officers in New York City, before playing a truncated version of a protest video from C-SPAN. “The anti-police sentiment reached a turning point this weekend in New York when two officers were gunned down in cold blood.”

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Three times over the last 24 hours, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF has played a misleadingly edited clip from last week’s National “Justice for All” March in Washington, D.C. to make it sound like protesters were calling on people to “kill a cop.”

“At this rally in Washington, D.C. participants chanted, ‘We won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop,’” WBFF’s Melinda Roeder said during a Sunday night report about the murder of two police officers in New York City, before playing a truncated version of a protest video from C-SPAN. “The anti-police sentiment reached a turning point this weekend in New York when two officers were gunned down in cold blood.”

As you can see from the full video on YouTube, they were saying nothing of the kind. The Fox footage deliberately cuts off the chant after “cop” so that it sounds like they are advocating that people “kill a cop.”

Rather than calling for the murder of police officers, the protesters were simply calling for justice in the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others. But that message was either overlooked by the Baltimore station or deliberately obscured.

And it was not a mistake that was caught after the initial airing Sunday night. Twice Monday morning, the station played the same bit of edited tape, tying it to the police murders in New York.

The side-by-side video footage at Mediaite is quite clear. But we can add to the evidence that WBFF has now apologized for the story and retracted it. It was all a big accident somehow.

The Liberal media has done similar things and I have never accepted their claims that there truth-twisting was accidental. I find this Baltimore Fox affiliates claims to be difficult to believe.