Washington, July 15
President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised US police departments and downplayed police violence towards Black folks, saying “more white people” are killed by cops.
During a CBS News interview, the Republican president was requested why Black folks have been nonetheless dying by the hands of regulation enforcement.
“And so are white people, so are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people. More white people, by the way. More white people,” Trump responded.
The May 25 loss of life of African-American George Floyd whereas in police custody in Minneapolis sparked protests throughout the United States and has led to an elevated give attention to US police violence towards Black folks.
According to a Washington Post evaluation up to date on Monday, half of individuals killed by police are white, however Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate price. They account for lower than 13 per cent of the US inhabitants however are killed by police at over twice the speed of white Americans, the newspaper evaluation discovered.
Some Americans argue that the Black Lives Matter protests have unfairly maligned the police forces.
Trump, talking to reporters on the White House, defended police departments, saying they “do an incredible job in this country.”
“You can have a rogue, terrible cop, on occasion like you do in any industry, any business, in any profession,” Trump added.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s Jeffery Robinson mentioned in a press release in response that Trump’s feedback have been racist.
“Trump’s racism is so absolute that he continues to refuse to give even a tacit acknowledgment to the epidemic of police violence against Black people in America,” he mentioned.
Recent social unrest has raised new questions in regards to the flying of the Confederate battle flag in areas of the nation and whether or not statues honoring Confederate leaders throughout the US Civil War needs to be faraway from distinguished locations.
Asked by CBS if the flag needs to be “taken down,” Trump responded: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery.”
He added: “It’s freedom of speech.” Reuters