CNN Anchor Gaffe: Calls Police HQ Shooter 'Very Courageous and Brave'

June 13th, 2015 2:18 PM

Ouch. During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting on Saturday afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield bizarrely referred to the shooter’s actions as “very courageous and brave,” before adding “crazy as well.” It happened at 1:10 PM Eastern time:

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: An operation like this, it now spans 18 miles. It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. Do you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person involved now?

PHILIP HOLLOWAY, CNN legal analyst (clearly distancing): Well first off, I want to say the Dallas police department did an excellent job handling this situation, and we’re very fortunate that no one other than the suspect was injured. Yes,  I think it’s very likely that he had at least some degree of assistance.

Dallas police chief David Brown announced Saturday that no officers were injured after a man drove up in an armored vehicle and opened fire. Police have announced the man was found dead inside the van.