Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Thursday that shooting suspect Floyd Lee Corkins II was “given a license” to fire at an FRC security guard by organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Immediately after, a SPLC spokesman called Perkins’ comment “outrageous.”
Here’s the complete statement from SPLC, which includes FRC on its “Hatewatch” list:
Editor’s Note: The following statement may be attributed to Mark Potok, Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor of its Intelligence Report and Hatewatch blog.
Yesterday’s attack on the Family Research Council and the shooting of a security guard there was a tragedy. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) deplores all violence, and our thoughts are with the wounded victim, Leo Johnson, his family and others who lived through the attack.