While criticizing the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott in South Carolina on Wednesday, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld struggled to see what was right in front of his eyes — a white police officer shooting a black suspect.
“This is the great thing about that horrible, horrible tape, and why it’s necessary that cameras are everywhere: I didn’t see a black man killed by a white cop; I saw a man shoot another man in the back,” he said. “I saw an actual act. You can’t theorize, you can’t come up with hypotheticals. You actually see that.”
Gutfeld’s remarks downplayed the issue of race in the shooting, but data from KilledByPolice.net indicates that police killed at least 238 black Americans last year alone, more than the number of black fatalities caused by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
As Reuters reported, footage shows Scott running away from Officer Michael Slager following a traffic stop in North Charleston when Slager fires his weapon at Slager. The video, taken by a bystander, also shows Slager approach Scott after shooting him eight times, then handcuff him.
Slager originally claimed that he got into an altercation with Scott, a former Coast Guard member, and that Scott took his Taser, forcing him to open fire. Slager also appears to place the Taser near Scott after shooting him. Agence France-Presse reported that besides being charged with murder over the shooting, Slager was fired from the department.
“Unlike talking heads like us or activists, the camera sees more than color,” Gutfeld said on Wednesday. “The camera captures the actual incident — an incident that in my view, cannot be justified. What I saw there, it’s just unbelievable [that] you would shoot somebody as they’re moving away from you and then supposedly, perhaps, planting evidence to make it look like you were justified.”
He then admitted to being wrong about requiring officers to wear body cameras, before contributor Juan Williams asked, “What would you say about Staten Island, Eric Garner?”
“I felt horrible about that,” Gutfeld responded. “That camera showed a man that was being arrested over a loose cigarette.”
“I’m saying, there was a camera,” Williams continued. “And the police officers were not indicted by the grand jury. But in this case there was camera. I will say that sometimes, you don’t know the beginning before the camera’s turned on, you don’t see everything. But in this case, I wonder what would have happened if there’s not a camera.”
NBC News reported that Mayor Keith Summey ordered 250 body cameras for North Charleston police.
Watch the discussion, as posted online, below.
CNN’s Cuomo slams Trump advisers for attacking Fauci: ‘Why doesn’t Captain Carnage tell his sycophants to shut up?’
On CNN Tuesday, Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump's aides for attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci — and their boss for allowing it to continue despite knowing Fauci is correct.
"Trump knows Fauci is a trusted source," said Cuomo. "Given what just came out of his mouth, we have to ask why is he trying to destroy Fauci? And the answer is because Fauci keeps telling you the truth about COVID-19."
"If the president isn't behind it, why is his campaign pushing out a staffer like Stephen Moore, who is openly trying to smear Fauci's decades-long service?" said Cuomo. "The guy is supposed to be an economic analyst. What about this from Peter Navarro, another Trumper? Now he's a Fauci critic? These guys want to talk about being trustworthy and records of getting things wrong, and they work for Trump and never admit his legendary lies? And Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff for communications, he posted this cartoon, mocking the top infectious disease specialist on his Facebook page as he calls him his colleague."
Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for lying about coronavirus death rate: ‘This is just ludicrous’
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper led his show with a searing indictment of President Donald Trump for his ongoing lies about his management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper particularly took umbrage at Trump's claim, at the day's Rose Garden press conference, that "we have just about the lowest mortality rate" and only seem to have more cases because "we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world."
"This is just ludicrous," said Cooper. "This is the president of the United States. More than 130,000 people dead in this country and he's continuing this ridiculous lie, it's nonsensical. It defies any belief. We shouldn't be surprised because this is what he does. This is one of president's favorite lies. The United States is not the best or close to it in deaths — it's the seventh-worst in the world. The testing doesn't discover them. According to Redfield and others, the cases we know about are probably far underestimating the actual spread of this virus."
Trump tried to create a ‘fairy tale’ of his pandemic leadership: CNN’s Acosta
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's latest press conference.
"By and large ... what you heard the president talk about is essentially what he would have talked about had he been able to give that rally in New Hampshire last weekend," said Acosta. "He decided to have it here in the Rose Garden. When the press assembles here in the Rose Garden, we expect there to be a number of questions asked of the president. There were only three or four people called on before he raced out of here."