This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," July 31, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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Now for the "Top Story" tonight as we've been reporting for years, the violence in certain black sections of Chicago is out of control. Last year 386 African-Americans were murdered in the Windy City most by other blacks. Across the country the black-on-black murder rate stands at 90 percent.
In response to that Illinois state representative Monique Davis said this on the radio.
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DAVIS: I'm going to tell you what some suspicions have been and people have whispered to me they are not sure that black people are shooting all of these children. There is some suspicion -- and I don't want to spread this but I'm just going to tell you what I have been hearing -- they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.
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O'REILLY: And joining us now from Chicago is Ms. Davis. Do you regret saying that, Madam?
DAVIS: Well, I didn't say it, Bill. I repeated what members of my community have said to me. And it is crucially important that people realize that that was not Monique Davis' statement. I was repeating what community members have said to me.
O'REILLY: But did you not -- you didn't say but that's crazy and they shouldn't even think this because that's not what's happening.
DAVIS: Well, do I have to say that? Do I have to say that?
O'REILLY: Yes, yes you do. Because it came across that you -- here is why you have to say it for two reasons. Number one you have credibility as an elected official, all right? And number two, people don't know where you stand. Are you buying that? Are you not buying that? Are you refuting that? I mean that -- that is destructive to the discourse. I mean, Chicago police as you well know are not gunning down black children, you know that right?
DAVIS: Well, certainly they are not, Bill, but based upon the history of African-Americans in this country and based upon the fact that 70 percent of the murders in Chicago are unsolved, 70 percent are unsolved, people are wondering what the heck is going on. Certainly Monique Davis who is a good friend to the police, who support the police, I believe they are our first responders and I respect that. But I have the right as a legislature to repeat what my community says to me.
O'REILLY: Not if it's irresponsible you don't. I hear a lot of irresponsible stuff and I don't report it.
DAVIS: Well, I don't -- I don't think it was irresponsible.
O'REILLY: You don't think it's irresponsible for a person to accuse the Chicago police force of gunning down children without a shred of evidence. You don't think that's irresponsible?
DAVIS: I don't think they said that I said there was some suspicion that that could be occurring --
O'REILLY: Even a suspicion. No that's irresponsible without any evidence.
DAVIS: But -- but you don't know what my response to my community was Bill O'Reilly because you were not there.
O'REILLY: It doesn't matter I know what you said on the radio in the full context of what you said.
DAVIS: I repeated.
O'REILLY: You didn't walk away from those comments. You didn't refute them.
DAVIS: I repeated what was said to me on a radio show in Detroit. Never knowing it would get national attention and perhaps I should not have repeated what many community residents have said to me.
O'REILLY: Ok and now we have common ground, you shouldn't have done it. So let's advance the situation.
DAVIS: Channel seven interview -- ok, Bill.
O'REILLY: You shouldn't have done it. Now, I believe that you're a sincere woman. I think you want the best for your constituents and a lot of them are poor and a lot of them live in violent neighborhoods. I believe that. What do you think? Am I right in saying that this violence is driven by chaos within the community, broken families, unsupervised youth a coarsening of the whole situation? Am I wrong in saying that?
DAVIS: I think you're terribly wrong. The violence has escalated because of a poor education system because of lack of employment because of the inability to use a park district free as I did when I was a kid. There are no resources to help these kids do anything.
O'REILLY: It has nothing to do with the family. It has nothing to do with the collapse of the family.
DAVIS: Well I didn't say it -- I did not say it has nothing to do with the family.
O'REILLY: That's my central theme. Did you have a mom and a dad?
DAVIS: Family is a big background.
O'REILLY: Did you have a mom and dad at home?
DAVIS: Of course I have everyone has a mom and dad maybe not at home.
O'REILLY: Did you have a mom and dad in the home.
DAVIS: I had a wonderful mother and dad. Mr. and Mrs. Constance and James McKay -- fabulous parents.
O'REILLY: Ok and there you go, Ms. Davis and you know what? You had a wonderful mom and dad in the home and most of your constituents don't and that's where you should concentrate it there.