The spokesman for a St. Louis police union who said Thursday that the ultimate goal of the Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri was “dead cops” doubled down on his comments Friday.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association reacted to the news that two officers had been shot and wounded in Ferguson by saying that the protesters there “want dead cops. That was their goal all along.” (Authorities said the wounded officers were expected to survive.)
During an interview Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski offered Roorda an opportunity to soften his remarks, asking him: “Are you sure your words were exact?”
“The shooter or shooters were peaceful protestors until they decided to pull a gun out and kill two cops,” Roorda said.
Brzezinski said: “I just wonder then why you would put protesters in a group of one, when there are so many people that do certainly want change and have been protesting peacefully night after night after night. Are you sure that was the way to say it?”
“It ceases to be a peaceful protest the minute somebody in the crowd engages in violence,” Roorda shot back.
“But all those protestors did not want dead cops, sir,” Brzezinski said. “I’m trying to help you out.”
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