Police in America WTF?!

Fox News Guest Says Black Americans Are Trying To Get Killed By Cops To Make Money

With all of the media attention being focused on the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for his killing of George Floyd, you may have missed one of the more outrageous takes on the matter that appeared on Fox News, where truth is always secondary to right-wing propaganda.

On Laura Ingraham’s show, it was suggested that black Americans are trying to get cops to attack and kill them so they can make money off it.

Former police officer Brandon Tatum told Ingraham:

“And these political pundits, these political talking heads, they want you to fight the police. They want you to be killed so they can make all this money, they can promote it on the news, they can get a payout with the family, and you’re going to be dead as a doornail. And I don’t know why we continue to let these people destroy our country and push this rhetoric. I wish that we could come to a balance and say there’s things to be improved on both sides. Let’s work together to make it happen. But, unfortunately, money, it talks way too loud for people to listen to basic rhetoric.” 

A cop kneels on the neck of an unarmed man for nine minutes and things need to be improved “on both sides”? That’s not only absurd, it’s also offensive to anyone who has ever lost a loved one to police violence.

Using Mr. Tatum’s deeply-flawed logic, we can also put forth this proposition: The police are beating and killing innocent people because they want the publicity and so they’ll get promoted.

Tatum added:

“Nowadays it pays to be a crook. It pays to be a thug because if you can’t pass down money to your family by getting killed by another black man — if you get killed by a cop you get $27 million paid to your family and another $20 million on GoFundMe. So this is becoming a trend. People are trying to go viral losing their lives.”

Money and viral videos. According to Brandon Tatum, that’s what all of this is about. It’s just cash and clicks. It has nothing to do with being outraged by police brutality, and how dare you complain about the cops killing whoever they want to!

Leave it to Fox News to try and trivialize the death of George Floyd. They’re experts at every dark art imaginable.

Here’s the video from Fox News:

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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