Trump Adviser Robert O’Brien: There’s no Systemic Racism in Law Enforcement
The George Floyd killing and the cases where police officers killed unarmed black men, has shone a spotlight on what many say is systemic racism. Barack Obama recently referenced the reality of systemic racism in the country during a letter he penned about Floyd’s death.
The White House and the people assigned to advise Donald Trump are taking a different tact on the matter. According to Robert O’Brien, who advises the President on National Security, there is no problem with systemic racism in law enforcement.
O’Brien made the comments during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. He told the host:
“No, I don’t think there’s systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our law enforcement officers are great Americans and many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian. They’re working the toughest neighborhoods, they’ve got the hardest jobs to do in this country. And I think they’re amazing, great Americans, and they’re my heroes.”
The Trump adviser continued, “But you know what, there are some bad apples in there. There are some bad cops that are racist, there are cops that maybe don’t have the right training, and there are some that are just bad cops. And they need to be rooted out because there’s a few bad apples that are giving law enforcement a terrible name.”
National security adviser Robert O'Brien: "There's no doubt that there's some racist police — I think that they're the minority." pic.twitter.com/AVVbX84SAA
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