Bill O’Reilly educates Tavis Smiley on the statistics concerning police shootingsPosted by J Craig on December 3, 2014
There was certainly a difference of opinion on the O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night between Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and radio host Tavis Smiley over the killing of Eric Garner. They were discussing the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Garner back in July in New York City.
In this case, there was video evidence showing the police officer grabbing Mr. Garner and placing him in a chokehold, which is against police policy. Garner had been stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes in New York City on July 17th. In the video, Garner is heard screaming that he can’t breathe, yet the police officer continues to disregard this and maintains his grip. Garner later died at the hospital a short time later.
Both O’Reilly and Smiley agreed that the killing was indeed troubling and concerning, they disagreed that police officers have been targeting black men.
“I don’t think it had to do with skin color. I think it had to do with poor judgments made by the group of police officers,” O’Reilly said.
Smiley insists that blacks are treated differently and are targeted by police. “There is no respect for the humanity and the dignity for black life in this country,” Smiley said.
This incident is indeed tragic and very troubling to say the least, but this case is completely different in every way from what happened in Ferguson, Mo.
O’Reilly educates Smiley on some damaging statistics on the amount of people both black and white killed by police officers compared to the overall population.
“There are 43 million-plus black Americans — 123 were killed by police gunfire,” O’Reilly said.
Out of 43 million-plus black Americans, 123 were killed by police gunfire in 2012. White Americans accounted for 326 deaths in that year as well. Three times as many whites are shot by police than blacks.
Watch the video below via Fox News:
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