Fox 45 fired the reporter and camera person behind the deceptively-edited “kill a cop” video Wednesday, though the move may have only intensified internal tensions over the botched story.
Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF came under fire two weeks ago after playing a clip in which Washington D.C. protesters appeared to be chanting “kill a cop.” Raw footage later revealed they were actually chanting, ‘We won’t stop, we can’t stop, ’til killer cops are in cell blocks.”
The station was alerted to the error by one of the protesters, Tawanda Jones, whose brother had been killed by Baltimore police the year before. The station apologized on its website last week.
Reporter Melinda Roeder and cameraman Greg McNair were fired Wednesday. However, according to the Baltimore City Paper, the station’s staff believes that news director Mike Tomko, who was suspended for a day, was the one behind the story, and should bear the brunt of the punishment.
Watch the original video below, via WBFF:
[h/t Baltimore City Paper]
[Image via screengrab]
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