Giuliani: Unjustified Shootings Of Unarmed Blacks Have To Be Placed In ‘Proper Context’

WASHINGTON — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that there is “no question” that unjustified shootings happen more often in black communities, but said those communities have the responsibility to prevent the need for more police officers in their neighborhoods in the first place.

“There’s no question that individual cases have situations that are unjustified, but you’ve got to put it in proper context,” Giuliani said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about a video showing an officer in Cleveland killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he was holding an Airsoft pellet gun. “Why is it happening? Why is it happening more often in the black community? And doesn’t it actually logically make sense that it’s going to happen more often in the community where there is five, six, seven, eight, nine times more violence than in another community?”

Giuliani, who said last week that more white officers are needed in certain neighborhoods to keep black people from killing one another, also admitted there is “more unfair interaction” between police officers and people in black communities. But he said that while some of the responsibility is on police departments to better train their officers and diversify their police force, “just as much, if not more, responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers” were assigned to black neighborhoods to begin with.

Giuliani also said he had changed his mind about the need for body cameras because he believes they would show that 90 or 95 percent of police shootings are justified.

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