Rudy Giuliani: Black people, stop making white police officers shoot you
Washington, DC — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was back on a Sunday morning news program with more black victim blaming. Speaking to Fox News Sunday, the Republican said that there is “no question” that there are more unjustified police shootings in black neighborhoods but said that it’s those communities that have to stop creating the need for white police officers to shoot black people.
“If you want to solve the problem, you’ve got to work on both sides,” Giuliani said.
But I think just as much if not more responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community. It’s because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. And when I assigned police officers with Commissioner Bratton and Commissioner Safir, we did it based on statistics. We didn’t do it based on race. If there were a lot of murders in a community, we put a lot of police officers there. If I had put all of my police officers on Park Avenue and none in Harlem, thousands and thousands more blacks would have been killed during the 8 years that I was mayor.
Guiliani was doubling down on a statement he made last week on Meet The Press when he said in an exchange with black scholar with Michael Eric Dyson:
The white police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 to 75 percent of the time.
On another Fox News morning show, Guiliani spoke more on Ferguson, saying that Darren Wilson was ‘clearly innocent.” The mayor also indulged in a bit of chest thumping when talking about his record with dealing with race riots. Giuliani explained why, after 8 years of being mayor with 3 police shootings and tons of protest, he “never had a riot.”
“I showed up with massive police force dressed in riot gear, and believe me, that doesn’t cause a riot, it scares the people who want to start it,” Guiliani said.