CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said gun laws and police reform will happen when “white people’s kids start getting killed”.
“Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they’ll change,” said the anchor. “(When) your kids start getting killed. White people’s kids start getting killed.”
Cuomo at one point in the monologue attempted to affect the hypothetical accent of a confused white parent.
“What’s going on with these police? Maybe we shouldn’t even have police,” he said, before directly addressing the whiteness of his audience.
“That kind of madness. That kind of mania. That will be you. That will be the majority. Because it’s your people,” said Cuomo, while looking into the camera.
The comments came after president of the Chicago police union said the cop who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who appeared to have a gun in his hand right before he raised his hands was “100 per cent justified” in opening fire.
“He was 100 per cent right,” Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara said, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“The offender still turned with a gun in his hand. This occurred in eight-tenths of a second.”
In an appearance later on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, Catanzara doubled down – even insisting that the “officer’s actions were actually heroic”.
“Time-lapse video shows that that officer had eight-tenths of a second to determine if that weapon was still in his hand or not. Period,” he said.
“There’s no way a rational person can say they can process that and their muscle reaction would be less than one second. The officer does not have to wait to be shot at or shot in order to respond and defend himself. There is no obligation whatsoever.”
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