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Scarborough: It’s Not the Police’s Job to ‘Make Primetime People on MSNBC Feel Better’

Scarborough: It’s Not the Police’s Job to ‘Make Primetime People on MSNBC Feel Better’

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On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough once again took on critics of police in the aftermath of last week’s announcement of a grand jury decision not to charge Ferguson, MO police officer for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown last summer.

However, this time Scarborough lashed out at some of his colleagues on MSNBC.

“A cop is not out on the street going, ‘You know what I’m going to do today? I’m going to move our society forward,’” Scarborough said. “No — a cop on the street, Mika, has one job — to protect the people in that neighborhood. It is not to make a statement that makes primetime people on MSNBC feel better about America. It is about protecting black people in the neighborhood, Hispanics in the neighborhood, white people in the neighborhood. A cop on the street does not sit back and does not sit up in a tower and be philosopher kings. They’re trying to stop the next crime, they’re trying to stop the rape, they’re trying to stop the next robbery. This conservation started talking about data. Let’s have a real conversation. And stop suggesting white cops want to shake down black guys because they’re black. A lot of it is based on data if you’re talking about data on why they’re policing. Let’s have a real conversation about race. Let’s have a real conversation about policing.”

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