Anti-police demonstrators in New York City last month were recorded chanting “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.” Similar chants have been heard in other cities as well.
According to a Buzzfeed interview with a person claiming to have been a participant in the “dead cops” chant in NYC, it wasn’t meant to be taken literally:
But some TMOC affiliates said that the intent of the chant is being misrepresented and that it was not meant as a call for violence against individual police officers.
“I don’t think people wanted dead bodies,” the person who participated in the chant said. “It was not bloodlust. Some people were laughing when they were chanting it — there was a humorous element to it. Everyone is a human being, and I don’t think any of us wants to see someone suffer and die.”
And much of the mainstream media will probably gladly accept that explanation.