Fox News’ Tucker Carlson jumped on the Freddie Gray protests saying they are a “threat to civilization itself.” The protests were peaceful for the most part, only turning violent on Saturday evening.
Carlson kept referring to Gray as a suspected drug dealer, as though that justifies nearly completely severing his spine.
Rod Wheeler, a former Washington D.C. homicide detective, weighed in on the discussion saying that the police were addressing the protesters far more differently than in the Ferguson protests over Michael Brown’s death.
“There was no indication of any military-type uniforms or equipment, no armored cars, anything like that. The police really stayed back,” Wheeler said.
Carlson vehemently disagreed, insisting that police militarization was necessary: “You can’t have that. That’s like chaos, that’s Third World stuff. You can’t have people smashing police cars. Why wouldn’t someone fire a shotgun in the air and say knock it off?”
Wheeler hit back.
He said, “That wouldn’t have been the appropriate thing to do. I think what we have learned over the past few years, Tucker, with these types of demonstrations is that when the police become more aggressive then we see the crowd tends to become more aggressive. So, what we tend to do is kind of just keep them within a certain area, confined within a certain area, and let them do the things that they want to do. But when they really start to become destructive, then we start moving in.”
Tucker Carlson’s white privilege just had to rear its head.
“Because that’s what this is, the end of civil order. This is not a civil rights act, it’s a threat to civilization itself,” he said.