Reacting to the recent indictment of six Baltimore police officers connected to the arrest of suspect Freddie Gray – whose death in police custody sparked rioting in the city – earlier this week, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera shared some pointed views regarding the response from many in the black community.
“Earlier today,” he said in a panel discussion on Hannity, “Baltimore registered the 100th homicide this year. Baltimore has almost as many homicides as New York. Baltimore has 600,000 [residents]; New York has 8.4 million. So it’s 15 times the murder rate of New York, Baltimore is right now.”
Unfortunately, he said, many activists are only concerned with highlighting cases in which a black death can be blamed on a police officer.
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“I believe the Freddie Gray case will mark the decline into irrelevancy of the modern civil rights movement,” Rivera continued, asserting that “black lives matter only when they’re killed by cops – particularly white cops.”
Echoing the sentiment of countless commentators before him, he asked: “Where is the outrage over the 100 Baltimore citizens who have been shot dead this year?”
As a result of the recent civil unrest, Rivera noted that officers are making less arrests and that the city “is a killing zone right now.”
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Former New York Police Detective Bo Dietl was also part of the conversation, asserting “cops are not the problem; the problem is the inner city with the illegal guns on the street.”
Rivera chimed in again with his take on the charges filed against the six officers – particularly the most serious count, against which the driver of a police transport vehicle must now defend himself.
“Those cops in Baltimore are overcharged,” he said. “I don’t know how you’re going to prove a murder rap. The driver of the van is guilty of Murder Two? Not reckless homicide, not negligent homicide, not involuntary manslaughter – but Murder Two? Give me a break.”
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