Fox News contributor Bo Dietl on Monday defended the Ferguson officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown multiple times, saying that the 18 year old was shot in the head because “bullets go that way.”
After police and protesters clashed for another night on Sunday, Fox News invited a panel of “experts,” who were all white, to discuss the militarization of law enforcement.
Fox News host Steve Doocy pointed out that an autopsy had found that Brown had been shot six times: four times in the right arm, and twice in the head. But he said that people were more concerned with the “violence and the looting.”
While two of the guests, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and retired Nutley Police Commander Steven Rogers, agreed that Ferguson police had been too aggressive initially, all three men supported military equipment for police.
All three also agreed that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the newly-appointed leader of the policing effort in Ferguson, had gone too far by sharing his experiences as a black father, and for apologizing for Brown’s death to an African-American church on Sunday.
“Apologize for what?” Kerik asked. “The grand jury hasn’t concluded its investigation yet. You have to wait for the evidence. And Ron Johnson, any prosecutor, any cop knows that.”
“We have a thing called due process,” Dietl interrupted. “What’s happening in Chicago? All our young black kids are being shot? Where is the outrage in Chicago? Where’s Jesse Jackson? Where’s Al Sharpton in Chicago? We got kids killed every day, black on black crime.”
Dietl went on to say that Johnson’s message to the black church was wrong “because America has no color.”
“To do something like this before all information has been finalized is wrong,” he opined. “Just maybe, the cop was right. Maybe he was getting beat up. We don’t know what happened. Also, remember, [witnesses reported that] he got shot in the back. Now it comes up he was shot in the front.”
“When you’re in a shoot-out, and you’re firing away, and you stop, and you’re shooting the torso, you’re trying to stop somebody,” Dietl continued. “I don’t know how he got hit in the head, but bullets go that way. He was trying to stop this guy obviously.”
“Ron Johnson should be relieved of command for this,” Rogers concluded. “What he did was embolden the wrong people.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 18, 2014.