“They are acting like an uncontrolled mob on the street with uniforms and badges that they don’t show. You shouldn’t — police don’t do this. Watch this! What kind of bullshit is this?! This is a shame.”
– Lte. Gen. Russel Honoré (U.S. Army, ret.), on the “11th Hour with Brian Williams”, responding to news footage of federal agents using batons, tear gas and other items to combat protesters in Portland, Oregon.
Among those injured was U.S. Navy veteran Chris David who had been trying to talk to police and suffered a broken arm in the chaos. Honoré led the recovery in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, which occurred in the midst of another disastrous Republican presidential administration.
“What a terrible question to ask. So are White people. More White people, by the way.”
– President Donald Trump, in response to a question by Catherine Herridge of CBS News of why African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in the U.S.
Statistics show that while more white Americans are killed by the police overall, people of color are killed at higher rates. A federal study that examined lethal force used by police in 17 states from 2009 to 2012 found that a majority of victims were white, but the victims were disproportionately Black. African-Americans had a fatality rate at the hands of police officers that was 2.8 times as high as that of white people.
“Please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”
– Art Acevedo, Houston police chief, in response to Donald Trump’s advice to state governors to “dominate” people protesting the recent shooting death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
“I know I can speak for myself. I forgive you.”
– Brandt Jean, 18-year-old brother of shooting victim Botham Jean, during his victim impact statement after the conviction of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.