After uprisings in multiple cities nationwide over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Fox & Friends devoted much of its Monday, June 1, edition to discussing damage to luxury stores and defending police against violent protesters, giving law enforcement representatives a platform to congratulate themselves and ask for more support from the government.
During the entire three-hour show, no host or guest made one single mention of the countless documented instances of police instigating violence against peaceful protesters around the country and even deliberately targeting journalists, including a reporter from Fox’s corporate sibling, The Wall Street Journal.
Instead of discussing that, Fox & Friends hosted a New York police union leader, Thomas Mungeer, to complain that instead of supporting his officers, political leadership wants only to “handcuff us even further." The show also hosted New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to lie that his officers were “respecting people's right to peacefully assemble” and the police were there only to “keep peace.”
Meanwhile, here is a small sample of some other things the police were up to this past weekend, none of which Fox & Friends found the time to mention, let alone discuss. Many of these videos are graphic.
The New York Police Department rammed protesters in Brooklyn with squad cars:
Los Angeles police also hit a protester with a squad car:
Atlanta law enforcement violently carjacked two peaceful Black people on live TV (two of the officers were fired):
An NYPD officer removed a peaceful protester’s mask just to pepper-spray him in the face:
Minneapolis police targeted MSNBC’s Ali Velshi with rubber bullets and tear gas:
A reported Salt Lake City SWAT team shoved an elderly man using a cane to the ground for no apparent reason.
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, targeted a local reporter and her camera crew with pepper balls on live TV (the police later apologized):
New York police pepper-sprayed two state elected officials:
An NYPD officer violently shoved a protester to the ground.
In at least two different incidents, police left two people -- one journalist and one protester -- permanently blinded in one eye by shooting them in the face with nonlethal ammunition:
Dallas police shot a woman in the face while she was walking home from the grocery store. She was not attending the protest in any way.
Police in Richmond, Virginia, pepper-sprayed citizens from the sidewalk, including a person who was in his home:
Minneapolis police conducted a drive-by macing of survivors of an attempted terrorist attack:
Minneapolis police reportedly slashed every tire on every car in a parking lot, including those reportedly belonging to a CNN crew:
In Minneapolis, reported military police fired on medics treating severely wounded people:
A journalist in Minneapolis clearly and repeatedly identified himself as press, to which a police officer replied, “I don’t care,” pinned him to the ground, and pepper-sprayed him, all on camera.
Minnesota police in cars sprayed an unidentified substance at peaceful protesters who were not even in the way:
Philadelphia police held their knee against an arrestee’s back, similar to how George Floyd was killed, and swung at a reporter with a baton on camera for attempting to film it:
Seattle police also kneed an arrestee in the back, similar to how George Floyd was killed:
Minnesota police marched down a residential street, shouting, “Light ‘em up,” as they targeted peaceful bystanders with what one person described as “paint canisters” for being on their porches: