Former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show to explain his thoughts on recent protests against police brutality.
Rose began by announcing how much he respects police officers, then tried to analyze how police start out their day versus how that’s interpreted.
“I respect the police. I respect all public officials,” Rose began, adding, “If I could stop the world on its axis right now, military, firemen, the police department, teachers, they should all be paid double. That’s how much I respect what they do for our great country.”
Rose then said that police don’t intend to harass or mυrder blacks.
“I don’t think the police start their day by getting in a car looking at one another as two white cops saying, hey we are going to go harass as many blacks as we can today or shoot them down in cold bloοd.”
Rose continued: “What ends up happening is when you have these unfortunate situations that have taken place, that have caused a national uproar, where there’s Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown kιlling or Eric Garner kιlling, the statistics now have people saying wow, it happens to be a white cop versus a black individual.”
Rose then explained that sometimes blacks “feel” targeted and this leads to a contentious environment.
“Let’s further investigate, and when you don’t indict, all of a sudden, the hoodie, all of a sudden I can’t breathe, now becomes a rally cry, not against the police but against a system that a lot of people sometimes feels like continues to let them down…” said Rose.
” I think the goal for everyone, the police officers and the civilians is to get home safely that evening. So, when these encounters happen, as you look deeper into each case, you see armed police officer, unarmed individual who just so happens to be black. You would think that interaction wouldn’t result in to someone’s death. When that continues to happen, and it’s happening in the country that we did, unfortunately, have slavery, we had segregation. So, these relationships take time to repair,” he concluded.