*Anyone with a pulse would most likely take offense (or at the very least, question) at the viewpoint of former detective Harry Houck and his justification for the recent “trail of black bodies” at the hands of white officers.
The death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray, 25, have given black people one more reason to be riled up. And on Tuesday, HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill appeared on CNN‘s “Outfront with Erin Burnett” and unknowingly served as the voice (and temperament) of many who don’t have a platform to pose and argue the questions we have about why it is that white officers appear to so blatantly disregard black lives.
But the former New York city police detective shucked and jived any real answers to the questions posed by Hill; and when he did offer any resemblance to an answer, it only served to rile the journalist even more; causing the men to clash over the underlying ‘root causes’ of the recent officer-involved killings across the nation.
Its no surprise that Houck disagreed with Hill’s phrasing of the issue as a “trail of dead black people at the hands of law enforcement.” And while the former detective would say thing like, “I can’t speak on past incidents,” or “show me proof of” seemed to think that “resisting arrest” was an adequate justification for killing people.
Below, Houck actually appears to defend Baltimore police and authorities in their arrest of Gray, who later died from injuries sustained during his time in police custody.
It is a black neighborhood, high-crime neighborhood – what, are they going to go around looking for white guys to stop when there’s none there?
To which Hill countered, reiterating that the makeup or statistics of a neighborhood is no excuse for “abuse.”
That presumes that somebody has to get beaten in a high-crime neighborhood. Even if everybody is black, you can still just not abuse people.
When Houck, who apparently believes that just because a neighborhood is primarily black automatically implies its also high crime, reiterated his point about “resisting arrest” contributing to the black men losing their lives, Hill finally said: “That’s absurd.”
Watch the heated debate between the two commentators directly below.
If this is the mindset the authorities are trained with, its no wonder black lives don’t matter to them.