What’s up guys? This is Will Witt with PragerU. Today, we’re on Venice Beach talking to people about the police and if they’re racist. Let’s do it. What are you guys thoughts on the police? In what sense? The first words that come to mind. – Pigs.
– I was gonna say pigs. I don’t trust them. Brutality. I think they can be a bit aggressive. So you guys think the police are racist? Oh, 100%. I’m just on Twitter all the time and on Twitter, I see lots of videos of them being racist so that’s just- That must mean they’re racist. I’ve been incarcerated, you know before and I’ve been beat down by the police. You know what I mean? My color skintone has gotten me away from things but I’m Mexican. You know when I speak Spanish, they actually like, you know stick their guns out. There’s a lot of institutionalized racism. People are being persecuted wrongly for things that… you know, they shouldn’t be persecuted for it. Just frankly, it’s too much. We already know at the end of the day if they- if… the KKK members took off their hood. A lot of them are police officers. A lot of them are people in power. So that’s the real word that we’ve be living in since day one. There’s a lot of racial profiling and bias that just comes with the job is kind of the excuse all the time, and I don’t think it’s fair or right. There’s so many times with kids just playing, you know playing basketball, and the police pulls a gun on a kid like come on. I don’t think they’re racist as a whole. I mean, there are probably racists mixed in. I mean, people are flawed I mean, there’s sure to be some in there but as a whole… I don’t think so. I think it’s a select few that have ruined it for everybody. Their race shouldn’t determine how much of a criminal they are; their actions determine that. Does the fact that African Americans in general commit more crimes than than white people change your mind on that at all? You can have stats on something but it doesn’t change the fact that every single person is an individual. I was reading this thing: it said whites and Hispanics are more likely to be shot by the cops and black people are. Police officers are 18 times more likely to be killed by a black man than a black man is to be killed by a police officer. Actually blacks are shot less than white people on average by the police. They found when they put police in more communities – more police in communities – actually the crime rate goes down in these places when they put more police in. I’ve seen that. The stats also would say that African Americans are treated much worse by the police for the same crimes that white people do. Unless you can point out a certain person or like policy that’s racist, it’s kind of just telling people, “oh you can’t succeed because the institution is racist and there’s nothing you can do about it”. You know what I mean? So instead we should look at like an individual person say, “oh that person’s racist”, “that cop is racist.” – Yeah, I think they’re good cops and bad cops.
– Yeah, it’s like they’re good people and bad people. It’ll be sure excited to say that you know, label a whole group – an institutional group of people – as one thing. You know, I think it’s- I mean, it becomes a question about you know, the character of the individual. They’re arresting that guy over there. It’s racist.