Fox New host Brian Kilmeade says anti-police protesters ‘should be barred’ from calling 911 after the Chauvin verdict

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Fox & Friends co-hosts (from left to right): Pete Hegseth, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade.

  • A Fox News host on Thursday said anti-racism protesters should be “barred” from calling 911.
  • Kilmeade reacted to a string of local protest headlines read off by co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
  • “You should be barred from – anyone who says that, you are no longer allowed to use 911,” he said.
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“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade launched into a tirade just 10 minutes into Thursday morning’s show, arguing that anti-racism protesters “should be barred” from calling 911 if they speak out against the police.

Kilmeade, who has co-hosted the show since 1998, was reacting to fellow anchor Ainsley Earhardt listing off a series of headlines about a handful of protests in the aftermath of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd.

“Ohio State University, now, the students are gathering in the students union and they’re demanding that the school cut ties with Columbus police. In Portland, someone punched an officer in the face,” Earhardt said, offering little context and not citing any sources of the reports.

“They smashed windows of a Starbucks,” she continued. “They spray painted anti-police messages on walls there. Minnesota, protesters were yelling at police ‘Get the blank out,’ and in New York at that local restaurant, ‘We don’t want you here. We don’t want you here.'”

Kilmeade quickly jumped in.

“Good, and you know what? You should be barred from – anyone who says that, you are no longer allowed to use 911,” he said, adding: “Let’s just hope, in your life, you never need a police officer.”

While the initial reaction to the Chauvin verdict on Tuesday was mostly positive from daytime Fox News hosts and guests, several others have expressed frustration at how the ruling played out among the public and in the mainstream media.

Most notably, the network’s top-rated primetime host Tucker Carlson cast doubt on the verdict by implying the jury was intimidated into convicting Chauvin, while Greg Gutfeld – co-host of “The Five” and host of the eponymously named “Gutfeld!” – celebrated the jury’s decision “even if he might not be guilty of all charges” because “my house was looted.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz accused Rep. Maxine Waters of ‘actively encouraging riots and violence’ after she protested the police killing of Daunte Wright

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Sen. Ted Cruz asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on March 9, 2021.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz accused Rep. Maxine Waters of inciting violence at protests against police brutality.
  • Waters rallied against recent police killings of Black men, telling demonstrators to remain in place.
  • “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence,” Cruz tweeted in response to Waters’ remarks.
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Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday suggested that Rep. Maxine Waters was inciting violence by encouraging demonstrators in Minnesota to continue protesting against police brutality.

Waters, a California Democrat, attended on Sunday one of the protests against the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

The protests have been set against the backdrop of the trial against Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck. The courthouse where the trial takes place is only miles away from where an officer shot and killed Wright last week.

At the protest, Waters said she and the crowd are “looking for a guilty verdict” for Chauvin.

“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” she said, according to a video posted on Twitter from the event.

“I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added. “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Cruz, a Republican from Texas, blasted those remarks from Waters.

“Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence,” he tweeted in response, along with a Daily Mail article reporting Waters’ comments.

“They want to tear us apart,” he added.

Wright was fatally shot by Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, officer Kimberly Potter, who had 26 years of experience on the force. The department’s police chief said earlier this week that she intended to shoot Wright with her Taser, not her gun. Potter has since resigned and is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge.

After Wright was killed, protests erupted in the streets of Brooklyn Center and the surrounding Minneapolis area.

Starting from day one of the protests, officials called in the National Guard and imposed a curfew. Protesters have since broken that curfew to demonstrate against police brutality.

At some of these protests, police clashed with demonstrators and fired tear gas and nonlethal rounds to disperse the crowds. Among the protesters who were tear-gassed was Wright’s aunt, Kelly Bryant.

She told Insider she watched people throw garbage at the police.

“I have never seen anything like that in my life. I was tear-gassed,” she said. “It was not a pretty sight. I was watching people loot and break windows, stealing stuff out of stores, burning stuff. It was bad. It was really bad.”

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Portland police officers used force more than 6,000 times against protesters last year

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A demonstrator is pepper sprayed shortly before being arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore.

  • Portland police used force 6,000 times against protesters last year, according to DOJ attorneys.
  • These incidents at times violated department policies and top brass didn’t question it, they said.
  • Portland became a flashpoint for protest activity and police response after George Floyd’s death.
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In late May, after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon, erupted as a hotbed for protest activity, with demonstrators taking to the streets for more than 100 consecutive days.

It also became a flashpoint for clashes between police and protesters. Demonstrators were at many times peaceful but in some instances engaged in violence and vandalism, while federal and local law enforcement repeatedly used aggressive tactics in response to the protests.

But legal documents filed by attorneys for the Department of Justice last month have started to paint a picture of just how frequently officers turned to force.

Portland Police Bureau officers used force “more than 6,000 times” during “crowd-control events” between May 29 and November 15 – an average of 35 times per day – the attorneys said, summarizing the DOJ’s review of PPB officers’ conduct as part of a previous settlement agreement.

“PPB has failed to maintain substantial compliance with the Agreement’s force-policy requirements,” they said.

PPB did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on this story.

“Some of this force deviated from force policy, and supervisors frequently validated individual uses of force with little or no discussion of reasonableness of the force used,” the DOJ attorneys said. “Many [after-action reviews] did not include any witness interviews or officer interviews. Many [reviews] contained similar or identical, i.e., cut-and-paste, language.”

The DOJ’s review also found that commands from top brass often didn’t translate effectively to front-line officers, leading to the agency to conclude that in some cases, those officers’ “movements were chaotic and could have been executed better.”

The review also determined that PPB improperly justified its use of force by claiming all members of a protest were engaged in “active aggression” simply by being part of a crowd where some people were being aggressive. In one example, according to the document, an officer justified firing a “less-lethal impact munition” at an individual because they “engaged in ‘furtive conversation’ and ran away.”

The DOJ did acknowledge, however, that officers in Portland faced “substantial challenges” stemming from the wave of protests, which it said often included a “criminal element,” as well as a rise in violent crime across the city and budget cuts that hindered training.

Portland faced a particularly complex blend of protest activity last year, some of which has continued into 2021.

Many of the demonstrators, particularly in the early months, protested police brutality and systemic racism, and drew from a diverse crowd ranging from BLM activists to suburban moms, veterans, and doctors. But Portland’s Black police chief also called out a small subset of violent protesters, and there is an emerging schism between the city’s progressive groups – with some continuing to engage in vandalism.

Portland has also seen a surge in far-right activity, with Proud Boys and other white supremacist militia groups clashing with protesters, anti-lockdown protesters violently storming the state capitol, and election conspiracy theorists rallying at the capitol in January.

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Proud Boys leader arrested in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property

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Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the Proud Boys, attends a Proud Boys rally on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon.

  • Far-right group Proud Boys’ leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property.
  • The charges are connected to a mid-December protest that involved the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historically Black church in DC.
  • Tarrio posted about burning the banner on the right-wing social media app Parler, saying he was “not ashamed of what I did because I didn’t do it out of hate…I did it out of love.”
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The leader of the far-right group Proud Boys was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property, a spokesman for the DC Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.

Enrique Tarrio, the Proud Boys chairman, was arrested after he arrived in DC in relation to the burning a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historic Black church during a protest in downtown Washington, DC, on December 12.

“At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines,” according to the statement. “He was additionally charged with Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device.”

Police stopped a vehicle Tarrio was in as it entered the city from the airport, Dustin Sternbeck, a MPDC spokesman, told The Washington Post. The Proud Boys leader was charged with one misdemeanor count of destruction of property and two counts of possession of high capacity ammunition feeding devices, referring to magazines that allow firearms to hold additional bullets, according to The Post report.

Tarrio told The Post in a December interview that he burned the banner and would plead guilty to charges of destruction of property if the criminal charge was filed.

The Proud Boys leader also posted about burning the banner on social media.

Read more: Proud Boys chairman says he is ‘damn proud’ of burning the Black Lives Matter banner of a historic Black church after Trump march

“Against the wishes of my attorney I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for the burning of this sign,” Tarrio wrote in a post on the social media app Parler, which is favored by the far-right. “And I am not ashamed of what I did because I didn’t do it out of hate…I did it out of love.”

“Come get me if you feel like what I did was wrong,” he continued.

Representatives from the DC Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

A number of historically Black churches were vandalized during the DC protests in mid-December. Black Lives Matter banners belonging to Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church were taken down amid the protests.

The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church filed a lawsuit against the Proud Boys saying they engaged “in acts of terror and vandalizing church property,” Insider’s Rachel Greenspan reported.

The Proud Boys leader arrived in Washington, DC, in anticipation of another round of demonstrations on January 6, to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden. Tarrio posted on far-right message boards, saying that members of the far-right extremist group would “turn out in record numbers” and would roam around the city “incognito.”

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