Rudy Giuliani: ‘Darren Wilson Should Be Commended For Shooting Michael Brown’

Following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani said that former officer Darren Wilson did exactly as he should have done, and was to be commended for shooting an unarmed teen. The Huffington Post reports that Giuliani was speaking to Fox News, and said:

“What happened in Ferguson is that a man committed a robbery, attempted to assault a police officer, and the police officer — to save his life — shot him. The police officer did his duty. The officer should be commended for what he did.”

He also said that the Justice Department’s report on the rampant racism in Ferguson’s police department was “an allegation,” and that there was no proof that was true. He also blamed “an atmosphere of unbalance” for the reason that two NYPD officers were shot and killed, and for the shooting of the two Ferguson officers Wednesday evening.

What’s the atmosphere of unbalance? Giuliani makes it sound so simple: We’re only talking about what the police departments and officers did wrong in these situations. We’re not balancing it out with what their victims did wrong. The Huffington Post has this gem of a quote from Giuliani, too, which he said on Fox News last year:

“Mr. Brown had committed at least two felonies, possibly three during that incident. So the police officer was dealing with a criminal. And in [Garner’s] case, the police officer was dealing with a criminal who was resisting arrest. Maybe if Mr. Brown hadn’t committed his crimes and this gentleman hadn’t resisted arrest, they wouldn’t be dead today.”

Of course, it’s the victims’ fault, because they were criminals, they were resisting arrest, so they deserved to be killed. And there’s nothing wrong in police departments’ cultures that perpetuates killing unarmed people, because if people would just do what they’re told, when they’re told, they would get to walk away with their lives.

Giuliani also said, last December, that we sometimes need more white officers in black communities to keep black people from killing each other. Of course, this is because white officers are the only police officers capable of keeping black people from destroying each other and their neighborhoods.

What the police departments did, and what they should have done, is “just a footnote” in the whole situation, according to Giuliani. We’re not putting these incidents in the proper context, which goes back to this “atmosphere of unbalance,” that Giuliani claims we’ve created. And that “atmosphere of unbalance” is leading people to shoot police.

Giuliani is a bit of a racist himself, so it’s not surprising that he would see the Justice Department’s report on racism in Ferguson as merely an allegation, with little actual proof. Nor is it surprising that he would say these police officers are doing their jobs when they kill unarmed people.


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