Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated during an interview with The Root on Tuesday that black protesters would be killed by Michigan State Police if they attempted to “storm” the capitol building
Reporter Terrell Jermaine Starr brought up the “mostly white” armed protesters who entered the state capitol as legislators were recently debating whether to extend Whitmer’s state of emergency order.
“It is lawful to bring a gun into the capitol,” Whitmer said, adding she doesn’t control the capitol grounds.
The capitol complex is protected by the Michigan State Police, which also provides her security.
The governor said she prefers the law be changed to ban firearms from the building.
“How do you respond to people who say that if there were a group of black men who stormed the state capitol that they would have been dead?” Starr asked.
“I understand why people would say that,” Whitmer said grimly.
“And I don’t disagree.”
Violence and rioting broke out in Lansing during a recent protest related to the death of George Floyd and police largely stood down.
WILX reporter Seth Wells followed the rioters as at least one smashed the windows of the George Romney Building — which houses Whitmer’s office — with a metal pipe:
— Seth Wells (@SethTVSports) June 1, 2020
State police in riot gear appeared soon after:
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) June 1, 2020
Earlier in the night, rioters overturned a vehicle before setting it on fire:
— ✋ Sarah Lehr ✋ (@SarahGLehr) May 31, 2020
In Lansing, Michigan tonight:pic.twitter.com/9VclEBQtPk
— Dana Whyte (@dwhytereports) May 31, 2020
No rioters were killed, let alone shot, by police.
Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” syndicated on Michigan radio stations on Saturdays. Listen to segments on YouTube. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.