TV Hosts Like Whoopi Goldberg and Presidential Candidates Rip New Wave of Police Shootings of Black Men
The raw emotion following the death of two black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, was expressed by TV hosts as the scourge of police shootings has once again reared its ugly head.
On Wednesday morning, Whoopi Goldberg lashed out on The View, saying: “Help us understand who you are as police officers so we can help you do your job and we don’t feel like you are hunting us. That is what it feels like sometimes and I hate that feeling!”
The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood slammed the wave of shootings Tuesday.
A clearly emotional Underwood said: “We don’t have to train the cops not to shoot white people, why you gotta train them not to shoot us?
"Remember there are good police officers out there and the ones that are not, they need to go jail. Don’t tell me this, we got to train! Y’all white and y’all drive all the time and don’t nothing happen to y’all. And we black I’m afraid to drive my damn car!”
At a campaign event in a Cleveland church, Donald Trump weighed in on the Oklahoma shooting, saying: “To me, it looked like somebody that was doing what they were asking them to do. This young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking. I don’t know what she was thinking, but I am very, very troubled by that.”
Hillary Clinton appeared on The Steve Harvey Radio Show Wednesday morning, where she addressed the Tulsa incident: “How many times do we have to see this in our country? In Tulsa, an unarmed man with his hands in the air? I mean, this is just unbearable.”
Officer Betty Shelby said she thought the driver, Terence Crutcher, was reaching into the car for a weapon Friday.
At a news conference in New York at the National Action Network, the Crutcher family was backed by Reverend Al Sharpton as Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany, spoke.
“We knew that there was no gun in the car. We know he was unarmed. We know he was walking slow. We know he didn’t commit a crime like the New York bomber did and is still alive,” she said.