Protest Groups: ‘Kill a Cop’ Chant in Fox 45 Report Was Doctored

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Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 1.49.40 PMLocal protest groups are accusing Baltimore’s Fox affiliate of editing footage of a recent march to make it sound like they were chanting, “Kill a Cop.”

According to Baltimore Bloc, a report that aired on Fox45’s Sunday night newscast featured C-Span footage of a recent Washington, D.C. event. In the footage, “We can’t stop, we won’t stop, so kill a cop.” The anchor then referenced Saturday’s deadly ambush of two New York City police officers, which was carried out by a suspect who had shot his ex-girlfriend earlier that day in Baltimore County.

But, according to the group, the footage was edited. The protesters were actually saying, ““We won’t stop/we can’t stop/’til killer cops/are in cell blocks.” Here’s the original footage:

“This editing and the anchor’s words deliberately link not only the anti-brutality movement in general, but specific local activists to the murders of police, thereby endangering the safety and lives of those activists,” Baltimore Bloc said in a statement.

In the statement, Baltimore Bloc asked the local media for support in “decrying” the report. They got a national lift when Gawker picked up the story this morning.

“Faced with the daunting task of shifting blame for broad and escalating distrust of police away from the murderous bastards themselves and onto mostly non-violent activists, our insanely cynical news media has been forced to dig deep into their bag of tricks,” a post on the site said.

Baltimore Bloc planned to protest outside of Fox 45 on Monday afternoon. Fox 45’s response was: “More at 10.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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