A Fox affiliate out of Baltimore has been accused of deceptively editing a video, making it seem as though protesters in the nation’s capitol chanted, “Kill a cop,” when they were actually calling for accountability.
Over the past 24 hours, while giving background on the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, WBFF thrice aired footage of a protest that took place in Washington D.C., last week, where demonstrators were filmed drawing attention to police violence.
“At this rally in Washington, D.C., participants chanted, ‘We won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop,’” WBFF reporter Melinda Roeder described while reviewing a video of protests posted last week.
View the WBFF video clip below:
“The anti-police sentiment reached a turning point this weekend in New York when two officers were gunned down in cold blood,” the reporter says.
However, the unedited version of the video clip from C-Span, going under the Youtube headline, “Sharpton’s ‘Go Kill A Cop’ march in Wash DC,” shows protesters chanting:
We won’t stop.
We can’t stop.
‘Til killer cops.
Are in cell blocks.
See the original video footage:
When Tawanda Jones, the woman leading the chants, learned of the deceptive edit, she put out a Facebook call asking for people to phone the Fox45 news team and inform them of the error.
Fox45 released a statement today saying that they made “an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying,” and that they apologized for the error.
Fox45 is apologizing for an error made on Fox45 News at Ten last night. We aired a clip from a protest in Washington, DC where we reported protesters were chanting “kill a cop”. We received a phone call from Tawanda Jones, who is in the video, who informed us that the chant was actually “We won’t stop… We can’t stop… ‘til killer cops…. are in cell blocks”. We here at Fox45 work hard every day to earn your trust and bring you fair and comprehensive news from around the country. Although last night’s report reflected an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying, we apologize for the error. We have deleted the story on our webpage and we offered to have Ms. Jones on Fox45 News at 5:00 tonight for a live interview. We had a constructive conversation with her earlier today and she has accepted our invitation and will join us for a live interview at 5:30.
The video manipulation, which many claim was done on purpose to create division, harkens back to the edited tape put out by NBC Universal in the wake of the Trayvon Martin controversy, in which the network TV station aired an edited 911 call which portrayed the teen’s acquitted killer, George Zimmerman, as racist.
At a press conference today, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at the media for creating the perception that all police protesters were calling for violence.
“Are you gonna keep dividing us?” de Blasio asked. “What you managed to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority, who are saying unacceptable things”
“That’s how you want to portray the world… They, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as a majority.”
Although this particular instance may have been an honest mistake, Infowars has highlighted that many Mike Brown supporters openly celebrated the deaths of the two NYPD officers on social media, illustrating how the establishment has managed to whip people into a racist frenzy centered around cop hate.