CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield called the attack on Dallas Police Headquarters “very courageous and brave” on Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom.”

Whitfield, while discussing the shooting with legal analyst Philip Holloway, said, “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?”

Holloway’s smile visibly drooped when Whitfield praised the would-be cop killer.

“Well, first off, I will say that the Dallas police department did an excellent job handling this situation, and no one other than the suspect was injured,” he said. “Yes, I think it’s very likely he had some degree of assistance. These bombs that detonated immediately when the robot made contact with them, that suggests there might be some level of sophistication that may go beyond what this person is capable of.” 

Shortly after midnight on Friday in Dallas, what police described as an “armored van” parked in front of police headquarters — and opened fire. Police Chief David Brown identified the suspect as a white man, who furiously ranted to a 911 dispatcher he had been accused of engaging in terrorist activities in the past. Police believe that the suspect fired from several positions in the van to make it appear several shooters were firing upon the station.

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