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CNN’s Van Jones Says Policing In America Is ‘Dumb And Dangerous And Discriminatory’

CNN commentator Van Jones had a full meltdown on American police officers on Tuesday night, saying that the policing “methodology” that is used in the United States is “dumb and dangerous and discriminatory.”

“The reason those young people are out there and folks are out there tonight is because people are losing faith in the system,” Jones said. “The reason that young man —people say, why didn’t he do what he was told? Please understand there are two different Americas here. If when you see a police officer, you see the badge and not all those weapons, you are in one part of America. If when you see a police officer, you see all those weapons and don’t see the badge, it’s because your experience has been they don’t come at you with respect. They don’t come at you with trust. They come at you with force. When people see somebody coming at them armed who has never treated you with respect, you can panic.”

“The deeper problem is that the policing methodology that we have in the country right now is both dumb and dangerous and discriminatory,” he added. “It is dumb to have all of these cops out here with all of these weapons, tasers and pepper spray and batons and guns and dogs and drones, pulling people over for like little, what do you call it, your taillight’s out? You are going to throw that much firepower against communities on stuff like that? Send them something in the mail. It’s just dumb to direct this much firepower.”

“No other country does this,” Jones continued. “This much-armed personnel against such petty offenses. That’s dumb. And it’s dangerous for both sides because why are you pulling all these people overdoing this stuff? Everybody is terrified. Everybody’s afraid. It’s discriminatory because, first of all, they pull people of color over all the time. The numbers are completely clear on this. Then the interaction is completely different.”

“The first thing you have got to do is you have to say we need to completely, as Obama said, reimagine policing,” he concluded. “We don’t need this much firepower going after little petty stuff. It’s dangerous for everybody and discriminatory, and everybody knows it.”

This piece was written by James Samson on April 14, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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