Even though video released by police allegedly showing Michael Brown shoving a store clerk during a robbery is questionable, Fox News is nevertheless using it to call his murder a justifiable homicide.
On the Sunday morning edition of Fox & Friends, host Juliet Huddy claimed that if the video had been released immediately after the shooting, there wouldn’t be such large protests in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The fact that Officer Darren Wilson didn’t even know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery was completely ignored. Huddy then suggested that the killing was justified because of the robbery call police received about fifteen minutes prior to the shooting.
“But the thing is that the crowd immediately went out there when they found out that this man was shot — a young black man was shot by a white cop,” Huddy said.
They went out there, they were furious about it. Had that tape been out there, had the crowd realized that this man might have been robbing a store, there might have been something else criminal going on there, you know, to lend credence to the fact that maybe in some way — we don’t know this — but maybe this officer was justified, maybe this was a bad guy, maybe he wasn’t the ‘gentle giant.’ I’m not saying that’s what it was.
Here’s the video via Raw Story.
You see how Huddy framed her comments? First she says it’s a “fact” that the officer was justified in killing an unarmed teen. And then she claims that she’s “not saying that’s what it was.” Of course, the only words the zombies who watch Fox News heard is the ones Huddy used first.
Michael Brown was an unarmed African-American teen who was running down the street when he was shot and killed by a police officer who had no clue Brown was even suspected of doing anything wrong. There was no reason to kill Brown, yet the officer did it anyway. One witness to the shooting said Wilson shot Brown twice from behind and kept firing his gun even after Brown stopped and turned around. Police would admit that ten rounds were fired in all, which is ten too many considering Brown was UNARMED. But Fox News is clearly endorsing killing unarmed black kids in broad daylight as long as there might be evidence that a crime had been committed. If Michael Brown had been a white teen armed to the teeth, Fox would be throwing a temper tantrum over the killing.
So, to recap. Fox thinks it perfectly fine for police to kill unarmed black people, but they whine about people calling the police when white rednecks carry assault weapons in the public square. It’s yet another double standard demonstrated by Fox News.