As the country tries to make sense of the senseless shooting death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man brutally shot and killed by Louisiana police officers sworn to protect and serve, some of the spotlight once again falls on cops and the blue wall of silence
During Hot 97’s Ebro and the Morning Wednesday morning, Peter Rosenberg passionately sounded off on police officers who choose to protect their own behind the blue wall when injustices like Alton Sterling’s happen. The radio personality got into it with with a caller who identified himself as a cop. The supposed officer refused to admit that the video showing Sterling getting killed while pinned to the ground looks bad. The officer laughing it off caused Rosenberg to lose it.
This is the problem I have with police officers […] y’all don’t ever want to point at someone else and say, ‘You can’t do your job well!’ […] Police officers never want to say when y’all do a bad job. So that’s the reason the public thinks all of you are bad. You won’t ever call someone out and say, ‘They murdered someone in cold blood and it happened again.’ Until [police officers] take responsibility for [their] own, people in the street are going to be upset instead.
How about instead of people rioting, police officers get out in front of it themselves and you guys are out on the front lines. Instead of you struggling to say, ‘Well, I don’t know. It could be..’ They murdered that man. We just saw it.
And the officer’s response to all of that? “I can’t agree with you.”