Authorities investigating online videos inciting violence against officers

By Phil Archer - Reporter

HOUSTON - The Houston Police Officers Union asked the FBI Wednesday to investigate two videos posted on the Internet that union members said are meant to incite violence against police officers.

"We're all for the First Amendment and freedom of speech, but we're not for speech that's inciting people to go out and kill police officers." HPOU president Ray Hunt said.

One of the videos posted on YouTube is from a man calling himself King Noble who says "It's open season on killing cops."

The second is an excerpt from a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami, Florida July 30, urging "10,000 fearless men" to "...rise up and kill those who kill us."

Tuesday, a Conroe woman named Monica Foy posted a tweet suggesting Deputy Darren Goforth deserved to die, saying he had " creepy perv eyes." Foy was arrested Tuesday night in Montgomery County on an outstanding misdemeanor assault warrant issued in 2012.

University officials are now trying to determine if Foy, a student at Sam Houston State University, violated the school's code of conduct. But the police union doesn't believe it's a criminal violation.

"I can't see that as inciting violence. I see that as complete ignorance and ruthlessness, but I'm not certain that's not protected speech." Hunt said.

Hunt also said the union doesn't agree with extreme statements from the other side of the spectrum made in a video posted by Nathan Ener of Hemphill, Texas, on YouTube. Ener blamed the deputy's death on African-American protesters and threatens to hunt them down, at one point on the video holding a shotgun.

Yolanda Smith with the Houston Chapter of the NAACP said she wold like to see the police union ask federal agents to investigate Ener's statements as well. She said the NAACP doesn't agree with any statement seeking to incite harm to anyone.  ?

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