Jaw-dropping: Editor at far-left website ThinkProgress calls cop shootings in Baton Rouge ‘justice’

Jaw-dropping: Editor at far-left website ThinkProgress calls cop shootings in Baton Rouge ‘justice’
The three officers slain in Baton Rouge on Sunday. From left to right: Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola. (Image: AP)

An editor at the progressive website ThinkProgress responded to the Baton Rouge cop massacre Sunday by saying black people were “taking justice into their own hands.” Never mind that one of the three officers slain, Montrell Jackson, was black.

Zack Ford works as ThinkProgress’ LGBT editor but chose to wade into criminal justice Sunday very shortly after news of the shooting broke.

“Given how police haven’t been held accountable for murdering black people, it’s no surprise some are taking justice into their own hands,” he wrote on Twitter. The tweet was later deleted (for being ‘perceived’ as condoning violence), but many people nabbed a screen grab of it.


Even before he deleted it, Ford attempted to justify his remarks with a series of follow-up comments explaining that he didn’t really support murdering cops, but that extralegal assassinations are sometimes necessary evils:

Thus far, ThinkProgress has apparently made no official response to the spat. That’s a different approach from Vox.com, which suspended editor Emmett Rensin for a week in June after he made posts that encouraged people to start anti-Trump riots. Then again, you shouldn’t expect all that much from a website whose initials are shorthand for “toilet paper.”

This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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