On Thursday, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton pushed for “institutional change” within police departments to get rid of “racism”.
During a chat with New York City Mayor Eric Adams on “Morning Joe,” Sharpton argued that the New York Police Department isn’t “throwing white Upper East Side kids up against the wall as part of the stop-and-frisk policy.
“[T]esources must be given to the people who create a police service that will be fair and equal for all,” Sharpton emphasized. “Giving resources to the same will not solve it. And I think that’s where the challenge lies for [Mayor Eric Adams], who is equipped to do this, to deal with internal institutional reform, because the things that bother many of us who have been at the forefront of this fight is when you end — yes , the police feel threatened, yes, they come in with their lives at stake, but it seems that the reaction is different depending on who they go to. Why do most kills without firing a shot happen in the black and brown community? So you know how to go to white areas or rich areas and make sure everything is checked, but you go to black areas with a different attitude.
“[W]here are the commanders? he added. “You have to change from within. We are not going to profile the zones. That’s why the stop-and-frisk didn’t work. They were arresting more blacks and browns, finding nothing. They weren’t throwing white Upper East Side kids against the wall. So if you eliminate racism, which has to come from institutional change on the inside, where you set goals, monitor it and all that. And who better to do that than a discriminated black cop in the NYPD? It comes from above and rots down. And then we end up stepping on the patrolman rather than his boss who allowed this culture to happen.
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