On the heels of the officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, video footage was released from an earlier incident involving 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer after he ran from the cops while reportedly in possession of a firearm.
According to Mediaite, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera delivered an impassioned plea to network co-hosts during a recent episode of “The Five,” in which he desperately attempted to convince them that Black and brown families are terrified of their children having encounters with the police — an argument that was quickly rebuffed by others on the panel.
“You understand that this is why Black and brown families are terrified of encounters with police,” Rivera said in the beginning of the segment, only to be immediately shot down by Judge Jeanine Pirro, who argued that one of the common themes of young Black men being shot is a result of their non-compliance with police officers.
“They tell him ‘stop, stop now, show me your hands, show me your hands, drop it, drop it now,’ and there is one second, less than a second, between the time he sees the gun and the time he is shot. The cop doesn’t know whether or not that teenager, this 13-year-old, is turning with the gun to drop it or to shoot him, or if he is looking at the cop as a target. Let’s not dillydally around this,” Pirro said.
Co-host Sean Duffy echoed Pirro’s statement, saying that Democrats who demonize the police should instead encourage people to be respectful and “follow the direction of law enforcement” to avoid escalating situations that result in injury or death.
Duffy went on to ask questions about Toledo’s situation, inquiring why he was in a gang, why he was carrying a gun and why he wasn’t at home or in bed and resting up for school the next day — which are all questions that are rarely asked when someone is shot and killed by police officers.
“I beg you to understand the anguish in the families of color who are watching the news on a nightly basis looking at their child and worrying when that child goes out that that child may never come back, and fearing the cops, not the way so many in other neighborhoods, people look at the cops. ‘Oh, what a relief, there’s the police officer.'” Rivera said in response.
The 77-year-old journalist went on to generate controversy by then suggesting that Fox News doesn’t deserve the ratings it receives if his colleagues at the network can’t “recognize the anguish of the people watching the 13-year-old’s life going out of his body.”
Earlier this week, Rivera made headlines for two dramatic outbursts on the same topic during panels with Fox News contributor Dan Bongino, including one instance in which Rivera called Bongino a “son of a b*****” and a “punk.”