While marching on the Minnesota state fair on Saturday, activists associated with the St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter issued a chant advocating the death of police officers, the Daily Caller reported. Chuck Ross said the violent chant took place just hours after Darren Goforth, a Harris County, Tex., sheriff’s deputy, was ambushed and executed at a Houston-area gas station.
“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” the protesters chanted repeatedly. Ironically, protesters were marching behind a group of police officers who were escorting them as they marched.
They also carried signs that read, “End White Supremacy” and “Black Lives Matter,” Ross added. Protesters repeated the names of some who had been killed by officers. Not everyone was supportive of the chant, however.
One man shouted and shook his cane at protesters, the Star Tribune reported. Police officers on bicycles spoke to the man, but it’s not known what was said.
“All lives matter,” another person yelled. Black Lives Matter marshals, the Star Tribune added, “linked arms to separate him from the crowd.” According to the report, the march was “mostly peaceful” and no arrests were made. The Star Tribune did not mention the violent anti-cop chant.
A short video of the chant was posted to Twitter. The message contained in the chant sparked a great deal of criticism.
“What a bunch of hypocrites,” one person said. “If they really feared police brutality they wouldn’t be provoking cops.”
“Just wrong,” another person added. “It’s hard to have compassion and understanding when people act like this.”
It’s not the first time that radical activists have called for the murder of police officers. As we reported in 2014, activists in New York advocated the murder of police as they marched through the street. “What do we want? Dead cops,” protesters screamed while marching in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. “When do we want it? Now!”
In May, protesters in Austin called for murdering police officers during a May Day parade while carrying communist flags. “This racist violence has to stop,” they chanted. “Execute those killer cops.”
The same month, Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere, a former adviser to the New Black Panther Party in Ferguson, Missouri, issued a series of tweets that said blacks must kill police officers in “self defense.” He responded to critics by calling them ignorant racists.
According to reports, officers in Harris County, Texas, have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles with capital murder in the execution-style shooting of Goforth. The slain officer was pumping gas at a Chevron station in a suburb northwest of Houston when Goforth allegedly shot him in the back of the head. Miles, reports added, shot Goforth several more times before fleeing in a red pickup. Harris County sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday he believes Goforth was shot because he was a police officer.