On Monday, FOX News contributor Bo Dietl defended the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown six times–including twice in the head–by explaining that Brown was hit in the head by multiple bullets because “bullets go that way.”
FOX News assembled a panel of “experts” to discuss the militarization of America’s police force. Host Steve Doocy said that the autopsy shows that Brown was struck by six bullets, four times in the right arm and twice in the head–“but most of the focus this morning is still on how police can get a handle on the violence and the looting.” He asked if the tear gas, rubber bullets, and other strong-arm tactics employed by police are “too much.”
Two of Doocy’s guests, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and retired Nutley Police Commander Steven Rogers, agreed that Ferguson police have been too heavy-handed, but all three supported military equipment for police.
The panel also agreed unanimously that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson had gone too far in sharing his experiences as a black father, and by apologizing for Michael Brown’s death on Sunday. The message Johnson gave to an African-American church, Dietl said, was wrong because “America has no color.”
“To do something like this before all information has been finalized is wrong,” he said. “Just maybe, the cop was right. Maybe he was getting beat up. We don’t know what happened.”
“Apologize for what?” Kerik asked. “The grand jury hasn’t concluded its investigation yet. You have to wait for the evidence. And Ron Johnson, any prosecutor, any cop knows that.”
“We have a thing called due process,” Dietl said. “What’s happening in Chicago? All our young black kids are being shot? Where is the outrage in Chicago? Where’s Jesse Jackson? Where’s Al Sharpton in Chicago? We got kids killed every day, black on black crime.”
“When you’re in a shoot-out, and you’re firing away, and you stop, and you’re shooting the torso, you’re trying to stop somebody,” Dietl added. “I don’t know how he got hit in the head, but bullets go that way. He was trying to stop this guy obviously.”
“Ron Johnson should be relieved of command for this,” Rogers concluded. “What he did was embolden the wrong people.”
After all, why would we want to “embolden” African-Americans? Hmm?