If You Care About Police Accountability on January 6, You Should Care About It Every Day
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been a major player in the prime-time charge against police accountability since last summer, after the death of George Floyd thrust the subject into the limelight.
In recent months, however, it appears he’s had a change of heart. “So she’s an unarmed protester. I don’t think we execute unarmed protesters, do we?” he asked wryly on his show last night, referring to Ashli Babbitt, the woman shot and killed by Lt. Michael Byrd after she stormed the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. “Well, we just did.”
It’s a strange turn for Carlson. For months, he has called for Byrd’s identity to be unmasked and for him to be held accountable. He partially got his wish last evening when the officer sat down for an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News.
Carlson is not alone. He’s joined by Rep. Paul Gosar (R–Ariz.), for example, who is also selectively beating this drum. “Why have no charges been brought against the shooter for negligent homicide or more?” he asked in a public statement released in July.
It appears that this newfound dedication to police accountability championed by a select group of conservative pundits and politicians applies solely to the events of January 6. Which is to say that they do not actually support police accountability in any meaningful way.
Over a year ago, I wrote about Carlson’s diatribe against reforming qualified immunit
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