Fox News commentators have continued their criticism of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, claiming that it promotes violence against police officers.
In late August, Shannon J. Miles, a Black man from Houston was arrested for capital murder charges against a White police officer,Darren H. Gofroth, according to The New York Times. Local police have not determined a motive for the shooting, but believe it was unprovoked.
However, some conservative outlets including Fox News have laid blame for the shooting of the 10-year veteran office on the Black Lives Matter movement. During a press conference, even local law enforcement officials suggested that the movement caused the shooting of the police officer.
“We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter,” Harris County, Texas Sheriff Ron Hickman said at the press conference, according to Fox. “Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So how about we drop the qualifier and just say lives matter?”
During a Sept. 1 airing of Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Katie Pavlich condemned the movement saying, “this is a movement that promotes the execution of police officers and not only are they not condemning it, they’re promoting it.” Pavlich also referenced protestors in Minnesota who were chanting “pigs in in the blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” arguing that those comments suggest violence against police.
In an Aug. 31 segment of his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly claimed that the movement comprises a “hate group.”
“They’re a hate group and I’m going to tell you right now, I’m going to put them out of business,” O’Reilly said. “Any media person that supports them, I’m going to put them on this program and put their picture right up on the air.”
Fox News commentators Kimberly Guilfoyle and Tom Shillue have also voiced displeasure with the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to Fox, data collected from the FBI shows that Black people accounted for 31 percent of police shooting victims in 2012, but make up just 13 percent of the population.