A TV news station in Baltimore, Maryland, aired a report last night about a recent anti-police brutality protest in Washington D.C., but misquoted the protesters as calling for the deaths of police officers.
C-SPAN originally aired a video (below) featuring activist Tawanda Jones leading the crowd in the chant, "We can’t stop! We won’t stop! 'Til killer cops are in cell blocks!"
PhotographyisNotACrime.com notes that when Fox 45 aired the video (below), they edited it and claimed Jones said, "We can’t stop! We won’t stop! So kill a cop!"
Jones' brother was killed by Baltimore police last year during a traffic stop.
In response to the news report, Jones wrote on her Facebook page in part:
"Never would I say that or wish death on anyone. You can hear me saying WE WON'T STOP UNTIL KILLER COPS ARE IN CELLBLOCKS. They playing games because we saving lives for killer cops. Not all cops but killer cops. God knows my heart anyone who ever been around me. Also call the fcc . And please meet us tomorrow at 5pm at Fox 45 News. No one deserves to be brutally murdered. I have 5000 friends. .come on everyone we can do this. One second of your time. Love you all!"
In response, Fox 45 wrote on its website:
"Fox 45 is apologizing for an error made on Fox 45 News at Ten last night. We aired a clip from a protest in Washington, DC where we reported protesters were chanting "kill a cop". We received a phone call from Tawanda Jones, who is in the video, who informed us that the chant was actually 'We won't stop….We can't stop…. 'til killer cops…. are in cell blocks.'"
"We here at Fox 45 work hard every day to earn your trust and bring you fair and comprehensive news from around the country. Although last night's report reflected an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying, we apologize for the error. We have deleted the story on our webpage and we offered to have Ms. Jones on Fox 45 News at 5:00 tonight for a live interview. We had a constructive conversation with her earlier today and she has accepted our invitation and will join us for a live interview at 5:30."
Original Video CSPAN
Edited Video FOX 45