FOX host Julie Huddy said on Sunday that the Ferguson Police Department was right to release the video of the robbery because it would help convince protesters that Mike Brown deserved to die at the hands of officer Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot the unarmed African-American teen.
FOX has joined the Ku Klux Klan in offering support to Officer Wilson. Police admitted hours after the video’s release, which happened over objections from the Department of Justice and was intended to absolve Wilson of any responsibility, that Wilson did not know Brown was a suspect in the theft of a box of cigarillos and the footage did not contribute to the stop or the shooting.
However, facts do not often matter on FOX News. Huddy objected to the DOJ’s objection to the release of the video and disagreed with the police admission that the footage was not a contributing factor in the murder of Michael Brown.
“They felt that it would anger the crowd, which I don’t understand,” she insisted.
“Why would the Justice Department pressure them not to?” co-host Tucker Carlson asked. “Obviously it’s not to keep the situation under control… [The FBI] refused to intervene when people were looting stores. So if you had an interest in keeping the situation under control, you would control the situation by preventing people from stealing wigs.”
“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 crowd realized that this man might have been robbing a store,” she said, “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.”