Bill O’Reilly, Geraldo Rivera clash over who’s really behind racial protests and who’s getting ‘jacked up’

On the third night of protests in New York City over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said the demonstrations taking place around the country are the handiwork of far-left “professional agitators” out to use Garner’s death “to foment unrest.”

“These demonstrations you’re seeing are not spontaneous dissent from regular folks,” O’Reilly said. “Rather, they are well-planned disruptions from professional anti-establishment provocateurs. That’s important to understand because it is the American system that’s being attacked by these people, not the individual sagas of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.”

Many protesters’ insistence that police officers are targeting black people is not true, O’Reilly said, but he conceded there are times when blacks are not treated with proper respect.

“The claim that American police are hunting down young black men is a blatant lie,” he said.

Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera argued that the protests are the result of “genuine outrage” from young people. Rivera sparked a spirited debate when he said black mothers are more worried about their sons being “jacked up” by police than by criminals.

Watch the lively exchange here via Fox News:

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