CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield said two little words during an on-air segment about the incident in which a man opened fire on the Dallas police headquarters on Saturday, and she is being publicly called to the mat by Twitter viewers. During the segment, Whitfield referred to the Dallas police shooter as “courageous and brave” to open fire on the Dallas police headquarters during an on-air discussion with CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway.
As she realized what she said and the controversy it would undoubtedly stir, Whitfield added, “if not crazy as well.”
“It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement,” the CNN news anchor told Holloway.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 13, 2015
Twitter quickly reacted in disbelief at Fredricka’s statement, reports the Blaze, demanding a public apology and requesting CNN take action against the anchor. Posters fired back with “@CNN & @FWhitfield should apologize immediately for this outlandish commentary in the #DallasPDShooting” and “‘Courageous and brave’ to shoot at police officers with an assault rifle. Get a clue and WAKE UP!”
— Fort Worth Police OA (@FWPOA) June 13, 2015
"Courageous and brave" to shoot at police officers with an assault rifle. Get a clue and WAKE UP! https://t.co/I1hYFlfpv4
— HPOU (@HPOUTX) June 13, 2015
There’s been no information about Fredricka’s reaction to her words about the shooting on the Dallas police headquarters.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a man named James Boulware ambushed the Dallas police headquarters just after midnight, leaving behind bombs that were set to explode. The suspect then took police officers on a 13-mile chase that ended in Boulware’s death by a sniper.
According to CNN, Dallas police shot the man about an hour before dawn through an armored van after he made more threats. Boulware claimed he opened fire because he blamed police for the loss of his child. Boulware’s mother recently was granted custody of his child. Police searched the home of Boulware’s parents looking for clues since the shooter had been to his father’s home just hours before firing at the Dallas police headquarters.
They also brought the news to his family that James was dead, although his father was convinced his anger would have been directed towards his mother, not the Dallas police department.
“We think he was specifically targeting police officers,” Dallas police Chief Brown told CNN.
Boulware also left at least one set of pipe bombs in a bag outside, which were ready to “explode upon touch,” Brown said.
“We believe this suspect meant to kill officers,” Dallas police Chief David Brown told CNN. “We barely survived the intentions of this suspect.”
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