DETROIT (WWJ) - "Pigs in a blanket — fry 'em like bacon!"
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is among those outraged over that controversial chant during a "Black Lives Matter" rally outside the Minnesota State Fair over the weekend.
"I'm a police officer, and yes, I'm offended," the chief told WWJ's Vickie Thomas and other reporters on Tuesday. "Highly offended; I've been in this business 38 years. I am a cop....But we're not gonna shirk our responsibility to providing the type of police services that we do."
Craig said he has not yet heard this particular chant in the city of Detroit.
"...I'm not talking about Detroit," he said. "I'm talking about the national narrative that must change, it must stop. Because without our men and women who serve, then who?"
The protest came hours after Houston, Texas-area deputy Darren Goforth was shot and killed.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said the attack was "clearly unprovoked," and there is no evidence that Goforth knew his killer. "Our assumption is that he was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said.
Craig was asked if there are fears police officers are being targeted.
"No doubt!" Craig said. "I have always realized throughout my career that the possibility of being a target is reality."
Craig said it's time to stand up and say enough is enough.
"Because what we're hearing is the voices of a few," he said. "And when you say and make comments like 'pigs in a blanket' — that is not acceptable...And if you attack one of our officers, we will respond in a very certain way."
Protesters involved in the rally said the chant, called "disgusting" by St. Paul police officers, was not meant to advocate violence against law enforcement.
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