Real Time host Bill Maher criticized racial profiling against black people when it comes to police encounters during his panel discussion on Friday, pointing out that North Carolina — where Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by an officer while allegedly carrying a gun — is an open-carry state.
“We apparently live in this country where it’s open carry really just for white people,” he said. “Also by the way, it’s ‘open angry’ just for white people. When you talk to the [Donald] Trump people, they’re angry. And then the media, they talk about that like it’s a virtue … But black people can’t be angry.”
Even if Scott had a gun, Maher said, police “don’t have to kill every time somebody does something that makes [them] nervous.”
“We have to train our police to not be that guy who just empties the clip,” he said.
At the same time, though, Maher said he felt like Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, who was charged with manslaughter on Thursday for shooting Terence Crutcher, was also a victim.
“She’s a victim of bad police training,” he argued. “Police do not train the way they should. If you’re that nervous, you can’t do this job.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.
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