ThinkProgress LGBT editor Zack Ford sparked a firestorm on Twitter Sunday after he argued it was “no surprise some are taking justice into their own hands” shortly after three officers were killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge.
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: East Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
“Given how police haven't been held accountable for murdering black people, it's no surprise some are taking justice into their own hands,” Ford wrote in the now-deleted tweet.
After receiving substantial pushback from critics, Ford attempted to clarify his comments and deleted the initial tweet.
A lot of people think I support murder now. It's an easy way to avoid acknowledging the systemic injustices that perpetuate these murders.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1468778866.0
I want all the carnage to end, but that means actually figuring out why it's happening. Letting cops get away with murder isn't that answer.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1468778942.0
If anyone wants me to see a substantive reply, you'd best wait a while. Thousands of people are busy claiming I support cop killing.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1468779790.0
I've deleted a tweet that many perceived as condoning violence. To be clear, I want no violence, and I want to undo systemic racism.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1468784633.0
If we want violence to end, we must end the systems that perpetuate it. That is my goal and my hope for the world.— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford)1468784685.0
Police said a gunman opened fire on responding police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday, killing three and wounding three others. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said one of three law enforcement officers injured in Baton Rouge "is fighting for his life."
Police said the shooter was shot and killed at the scene.