The News Hole

Fox 45 fires crew behind the bogus 'kill a cop' story

The reporter and the photographer responsible for misquoting Tyrone West's sister, Tawanda Jones, at a protest rally in Washington, D.C., reporting she and others chanted "kill a cop," have been let go by Fox 45, according to two sources confirming a report that first appeared on the site FTVLive.com.

YouTube footage later showed Jones and others were chanting "We won't stop/ We can't stop/ Till killer cops/ Are in cell blocks." The station invited Jones on the air to offer an apology—albeit a botched one.

But it seems there has been further fallout, as reporter Melinda Roeder and cameraman Greg McNair have been released, and news director Mike Tomko and a producer who expressed his discomfort with the story have been suspended one and two days, respectively.

An insider told FTVLive Tomko was the one who pushed doing the story. "It was found by him, assigned by him and ultimately proofed by him," the source said.

Now a person familiar with the situation tells City Paper the news director is losing control of the newsroom, with photographers threatening to stage a "sick out."

"The reporters and photogs believe Tomko sacrificed two little people to save himself," the source says.

Both Roeder and McNair are "lawyering up," the source also says.

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