The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile amongst others has heightened the concern over how people of color are policed in this country. Many discussions related to race and police have taken place, with another heated discussion going down on CNN. On the show New Day during a panel about police killing unarmed black men, former NYPD detective Harry Houck made a statement saying that “racial demagogues” were the reason for the disparities between white people and Black people in jail.
Houck then said “That’s why there are more Blacks in jail than there are whites. They turn it around—the racial demagogues out there—turn it around that the Blacks are being picked on.” When journalist and author, Marc Lamont Hill, pointed out to Houck that an investigation conducted in Ferguson, Missouri showed that there was “considerable evidence of racism” in the police department, Houck replied “It doesn’t matter!”
From there, Hill and the rest of the panel began to go back and forth with Houck. Hill questioned Houck’s statement, saying the former detective thinks that Black people are prone to criminality. Houck’s reply to Hill made it known that he thinks he misinterpreted his statement. Watch the video above.