During an interview on Fox News last week, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson acted dutifully when he shot and killed Michael Brown last August.
"What happened in Ferguson is that a man committed a robbery, attempted to assault a police officer, and the police officer -- to save his life -- shot him," Giuliani told Fox News. "The police officer did his duty. The officer should be commended for what he did."
The former mayor has become an outspoken defender of law enforcement in various controversial police shooting cases in the past year. He's appeared on Fox News numerous times, defending embattled police officers and blaming violence in black communities for sparking harsh police actions. In December, Giuliani implied that both Brown and Eric Garner, who died after a New York City police officer placed him in a chokehold, were responsible for their own deaths because they had broken laws, reports Huffington Post.
"Mr. Brown had committed at least two felonies, possibly three during that incident. So the police officer was dealing with a criminal," Giuliani told Fox News last year. "And in [Garner's] case, the police officer was dealing with a criminal who was resisting arrest. Maybe if Mr. Brown hadn't committed his crimes and this gentleman hadn't resisted arrest, they wouldn't be dead today."