A former New York City detective told CNN that the black girl tossed to the floor and assaulted by a cop at a South Carolina high school had it coming because “she had no respect.”
Appearing on CNN’s New Day, law enforcement analyst Harry Houck admitted that what was seen in the video “looked really bad” but that, since the young woman appeared to be uninjured, arresting officer Ben Fields handled the situation well.
In a video captured by Media Matters, Houck went through the viral video step-by-step after prefacing his explanation by saying there has been “a lot of violent gang activity in that school.”
Pressed by host Chris Cuomo on whether Fields overreacted, the former New York cop defended the white police officer and put the blame squarely on the unidentified teen.
“It’s as a result of a failure to comply. If that girl got out of the car — got out of the seat when she was told, there would be no problem,” Houck insisted. “But apparently she had no respect for the school, no respect for her teacher, probably has no respect at home or on the street, and that’s why she acted the way she did.”
According to reports, Fields was called to the classroom by school authorities because the teen was seen using her cellphone by her math teacher.
Watch the video below from Media Matters:
Unhinged Trump supporter yells about his .357 Magnum after reporter asks about impeachment
A Trump supporter was caught on camera this week yelling about the .357 Magnum he owned after a reporter asked him about the prospect of President Donald Trump being removed from office.
In an interview with CBS News, the unidentified Trump supporter insisted that the Senate would never convict the president even if the House voted to impeach him.
"He's not going to be removed," the supporter said. "He's not going to be removed! He's not going to be removed!"
"Do you feel confident in that?" the reporter asked.
"My .357 Magnum is comfortable with that!" he said. "End of story!"
Stunning shift as Amy Klobuchar ‘tones things down’ after Ted Cruz rants about ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ at IG hearing
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loudly and angrily bashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his time to speak during Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Cruz ended his speech with two cultural references from the last century, citing fictional spy Jason Bourne who was first introduced by novelist Robert Ludlum in 1980 and Mike Judge's characters Beavis and Butt-head from the TV show of the same name that debuted in 1993.
"This wasn't Jason Bourne, this was Beavis and Butt-head," Cruz argued.
Cruz was followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who quickly shifted away from such a style of interrogation.
Barr won’t let Trump supporters give up ‘deep state’ conspiracy theories: MSNBC anchor
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell says the Justice Department inspector general's testimony doesn't matter, because the attorney general had already undercut his credibility.
Michael Horowitz, the department's inspector general, told the Senate Judiciary Committee about the findings in his report on the origins of the Russia probe, but Mitchell said Attorney General William Barr made that testimony unnecessary.
"At this stage, everybody is locked into their positions," Mitchell said. "You're never going to persuade the partisans who support the president's conspiracy theories. You see them at the rallies and out on the campaign trail."