The veteran anchor said she misspoke Saturday while speaking with CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway about the suspect.
“I misspoke, and in no way believe the gunman was courageous, nor brave,” she said.
During a segment on the Dallas Police Department Attack, I used the words ‘courageous and brave’ when discussing the gunman,” she said on air. “I misspoke and in no way believe the gunman was courageous, nor brave.”
Whitfield made the comment on Saturday while discussing the incident with a CNN legal analyst.
“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. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement,” she said.
The comment immediately sparked outrage on social media. CNN’s Brian Stelter said via Twitter earlier on Sunday that Whitfield would apologize for the comment on her show.
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