Pat Robertson Blasts Trigger-Happy Cops: ‘It’s Crazy’ That Kim Potter Mistook Her Gun for a Taser
Pat Robertson, the host of The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network, said on Thursday that police departments need to do a better job at preventing cops from discharging their firearms at unarmed civilians.
The segment began with Robertson, holding a deactivated Taser and plastic gun in either hand, questioning how former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota officer Kim Potter could have mistaken her gun for a Taser immediately before she fatally shot 20-year-old Black father Daunte Wright.
“You know I asked for a demonstration and I have here in front of me – now this is not the real thing, this is a plastic gun – but this is, in our police department, we use the Sig, Sig Sauer. Others use the Glock, but it looks something like this and it feels like this. This is a plastic weapon,” Robertson said of the prop.
“They don’t even make Tasers anymore in black. This is a Taser. Now, Terry, I know cross and all the rest of it, but can you feel this one, and then feel this one, and tell me you couldn’t feel the difference?” Robertson asked his co-host Terry Meeuwsen.
“This is lighter,” Meeuwsen remarked.
“Of course it’s lighter!” Robertson exclaimed. “We don’t have the battery in that, because if we did,” it would fire.
“Also, I’m going to say, I think a lot of people are thinking like I was that the gun and the Taser would be put on your dominant side. But it’s not that way. So you actually have to reach across yourself to get it,” Meeuwsen noted.
“They have to cross,” Robertson added.
“There’s just no comparison. As I say they’re not making Tasers anymore in black, they’re making them yellow. Now how she made the difference, when she shot that poor guy to death, saying this is what I thought was my Taser, and if you can’t tell the difference in the feel of those things, it’s crazy,” Robertson said of Potter’s actions.
“Anyhow, she deserves – you know I am pro-police folks, I think we need the police, we need their service, and they do a good job – but if they don’t stop this onslaught, they cannot do this,” said Robertson.
“You know the police in Virginia picked up a lieutenant in the Army and began to give him trouble, and our state police are highly trained,” he continued. “But why they don’t stop this, and this thing that’s going on in Minnesota with the Derek Chauvin. I mean they ought to put him under the jail. He has caused so much trouble by kneeling on the death of George Floyd – I mean his neck – it’s just terrible what’s happening, and the police, why don’t they open their eyes to what the public relations are? They’ve got to stop this stuff!”
Meeuwsen replied that “maybe they need more training. Consistent training.”
Robertson, however, disagreed, arguing that cities need to higher smarter police officers.
“I think the problem is they’ve got to pay them more. We don’t have the finest in the police department,” Robertson said. “They’re low-paid people, Terry, they don’t get adequate – it’s not a question of training, it’s a question of hiring a more superior workforce – and we aren’t doing it. But we need police, we need them, and we need to honor them, and I’m all for it, but at the same time we cannot have a bunch of clowns running around who are underpaid and who really are not the best and brightest. We’ve got to have the best in there.”