Last night, Fox 45 aired a news story (which has since been removed from the website) showing an edited version of a YouTube video of recent protests in Washington, D.C. In the full video, Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West (who died in police custody last year), is chanting "We won't stop/ We can't stop/ 'Til killer cops/ Are in cell blocks."
But in the Fox 45 segment below, a newscaster erroneously says that Jones is saying "We won't stop/ We can't stop/ So kill a cop," before playing the YouTube video and cutting it off after ". . . Till killer cops."
Fox 45 has not returned requests for comment.
"I really don't know exactly what to say," says Joseph Kent, a local protest leader who appears at the beginning of the video holding a microphone and wearing a black hat. "The people at the rally knew exactly what we were saying. Looks like it was planned to be that way because of the New York shooting. It looks like it was professionally done. That was not the statement of the chant at all."
Here's the full video, with the complete chant beginning 27 seconds in:
UPDATE: Fox 45 responded with the following statement on its Facebook page: "Last night on Fox45 News at Ten we aired a story regarding the increased risk in being a police officer in light of recent grand jury rulings and the shooting deaths of two police officers in New York City. We aired part of a protest covered by CSPAN that appeared to have protesters chanting “kill a cop”. We spoke to the person in the video today and she told us that is not what she was chanting. Indeed, Tawanda Jones, says she was chanting, “We won’t stop ‘til killer cops are in cell blocks”. We invited Tawanda to appear on Fox45 News at 5:00 and Fox45 News at Ten tonight for an interview so we can discuss the video and the recent violence in New York City. She has kindly accepted and we will bring you that tonight."
It's worth noting that the chant, "killer cops/in cell blocks" has been very common at recent protests, and was quoted in City Paper's recent feature about post-Ferguson protests in Baltimore.