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Allen West: Dallas police had nothing to do with La., Minn. tragedies

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," July 8, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

 

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Peaceful protest turning into chaos and worse multiple murders. For about two hours before that deadly ambush, police were prepping to keep the peace. 

Former Florida congressman, Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, was with the Dallas police during their 7:00 p.m. roll call. Colonel West goes "On The Record".

Good evening, sir, and I don't know, your thoughts, I mean, those protesters certainly had a right to be out there peacefully protesting and I'm sure they appreciated the fact that they had that right and I'm sure that the police, you know were out there to do their best. But now look at what we have, now look at the situation.

ALLEN WEST, FORMER FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN: Well, good evening, Greta. And, you know, I think it's important that we go down and give words of encouragement to the members of the thin blue line, who are out there each and every day, making sure we are safe and secure in our homes and in our neighborhoods. That is what I was doing last night about 7:00 p.m. At the Northeast division station which is, down the road from where I live. And some of those officers had gotten the task to load up their riot gear and head down to downtown.

And so last night, as I was watching the events unfold, I was really concerned that some of those young men and that I had spoken to may have been wounded or at worse case killed. But, what we see happening in this country is an incredible atmosphere. It is not just what happened in Dallas and the horrific events of last night. But the same has happened in Tennessee. It has happened in Georgia, my home state. And I went to the University of Tennessee. It has also happened in Missouri.

So, we need to have elected officials -- we need to have individuals that are not out there stirring the pot and speaking out of turn and allow the facts to unfold and allow justice to do what it is supposed to do.

VAN SUSTEREN: But what can possibly done look, I mean, what sort of sparked this last go around is the fact that those two shootings, one in Minnesota and one in Louisiana were caught on tape. Everybody saw those. And, I mean, they are unthinkable what we saw on those tapes and I'm sure that there will be -- you know there will be a criminal process for that. Those are unthinkable. And then we have a sort of peace -- and then we have peaceful protests, because people are understandably grieved by that. Everybody should be grieved by those. And then we have this lone wolf who comes in and in the name, he says is he upset about them and he executes five cops plus hurts more. How do we sort this out?

WEST: Well, the issue is this, think about the tape that we saw of the police officer down the North Charleston, South Carolina. He is behind bars right now. The justice system has worked. And the people down in North Charleston, South Carolina did not riot. I have no issue with people going out and participating with their First Amendment right.

But the pain of you have to ask yourself is why is the people down here in Dallas, were out protesting about something that happened in Louisiana and Minnesota, when we had a police department here that had no part in that and next thing you know five people have lost their lives and they had no relevance whatsoever to what happened. And they created an atmosphere and they created an environment where this individual was able to go down and take advantage of police officers that were out in the open and I have to tell you, it was a horrific thing.

VAN SUSTEREN: Colonel, thank you very much for joining us on a very difficult evening for everybody. Anyway, thank you, sir.

WEST: Thank you, Greta.