A Fox news station has been caught deceptively editing video of Eric Garner protesters to make it sound as if they were chanting “kill a cop,” drawing outrage and prompting an apology.
The footage was taken from a demonstration after a grand jury decision not to indict the officer whose chokehold led to Garner’s death. The protesters, who were led by Tawanda Jones, took to the streets of Washington, D.C., and in unedited footage could be heard chanting “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, until killer cops are in cell blocks.
But when the Fox news station Fox 45 in Baltimore aired the footage, it edited the audio to make it sound like Jones was leading the crowd to chant “we won’t stop, we can’t stop, so kill a cop.”
Tawanda Jones is now bringing attention to the deceptive editing. In a tearful interview on Fox 45, she complained that the news station was trying to paint her and other protesters in an unfair light.
“What really gets to me is where you edited it and stopped. Like, how could that be a mistake?” she said.
Jones added that the footage made it appear as if the protesters wanted only to kill police officers, which she said is far from the truth.
“My community needs the cops,” she said. Nobody deserves to be brutally murdered, so that hurt me.”
Jones, whose brother was murdered, said the deceptive editing was just as hurtful.
“I feel like I was murdered all over again. A piece of me died when my brother was brutally murdered,” she said. “You guys just killed a little piece of me because I never thought my name would be in a negative light.”
This is not the first time a Fox affiliate has been accused of editing footage to show police protesters in an unfair light. Earlier this month, Fox News was caught deceptively editing footage to make it appear that protesters at a speech by Rev. Al Sharpton were calling for dead cops. The chant actually came from a separate rally, but was spliced together with Sharpton’s speech in a segment aired on Fox & Friends.
The Fox affiliate in Baltimore later apologized for the deceptive editing.