Officer Michael Fanone bashed right-wing Republicans who align themselves with police but seem unconcerned with accountability for the Donald Trump supporters who harmed officers during the U.S. Capitol riot.
The Washington, D.C., metropolitan police officer appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he condemned lawmakers who he believes are lying about the Jan. 6 insurrection and refusing to hold the former president and his allies accountable for stoking the violence with false claims about the election.
"It's interesting to see, obviously, the individuals who I guess were politically affiliated with the left kind of, well, they did demonize police officers, and I mean there were crimes perpetrating by law enforcement officers in this country that were outrageous, and there's a history of racism going back, you know, a long, long time in this country," Fanone said. "Unfortunately, historically speaking, law enforcement played a part in that, and I'm the first person who wants to be part of that conversation going forward. I don't believe that police officers are above reproach, but I also don't believe that all police officers are evil. In fact, I think it's one of the most honorable, selfless professions that a person can aspire to be a part of."
"At the same time, watching the right handle officers who responded to the Capitol and saying, 'Oh, we love police, we just don't love those police' -- I'm not stupid," Fanone added. "Like, I see it for what it is, and it's pandering, and I don't want to be pandered to. I want to have an honest conversation, and I think we're not engaging in an honest conversation in this country with regards to a lot of things, one of them being police reform. Policing and police reform, the conversation, I look at it kind of like a Rubik's cube. All of the stakeholders -- police officers, management, politicians, media and the communities -- all need to engage in that conversation honestly. Just like all sides of a Rubik's cube, if it doesn't all match and everybody is not all in, we're just verbally masturbating."
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