Sen. Tim Scott Believes Police Body Cams Are “The Difference Between Life & Death”
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott was a participant in Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Crime and Terrorism and discussed the need for body camera use nationwide.
He told the committee “another important piece of the puzzle in rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the community truly is body worn cameras by officers.”
Scott joined Roland Martin Wednesday on NewsOne Now to discuss policing and the need for local law enforcement agencies to implement body cameras in an attempt to keep citizens, as well as police officers, safe.
During their conversation, Scott told Martin, “There should be no reason that we cannot move forward with more body cameras around this country.”
“It is absolutely the difference between life and death, peace and justice, verses innuendos and circumstances that are not explainable because there is no real footage that does that.”
Sen. Scott added, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures.”
He implored lawmakers to “move in the right direction” and institute body camera use for the “right reasons.”
“The cost savings is wonderful, but saving lives because we can is the most important and vital component to making sure that we have every single American engaged in-confidently with law enforcement and the government.”
White Man & Black Man Carry AR-15 Rifles In Open Carry Video Experiment
A recent video posted to YouTube by Willie Upchuck captures the same incident resulting in two distinctively different responses from police. A White gentleman is politely questioned by police, while a Black man is harshly told to get on the ground at gunpoint.
On Wednesday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk panel discussed the aforementioned video of the two men legally carrying a weapon in an open carry state.
NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard recounted the drastically different responses saying, “What you saw was a classic example of how Black people are portrayed in this country.”
“When you have a reinforced stereotype that Black people are — Black men especially – are scary, are threatening, and you saw how they describe Black men in these instances — when you have that, fear takes over and that goes back to my point about training these officers on how you deal with and what is your perception of Black men.
Maya Rockeymoore summed it up as “explicit and implicit bias.”
“The condition of having Black skin means criminality to certain people that are not able to discern or use their police investigative skills or anything like that — they see Black skin and they see criminality and therefore a threat and that means we have something fundamentally wrong in the psyche, particularly of our nation, but certainly of police officers that hold this view.”
Rockeymoore added, “If you have this view, you should not be a police officer.”
John Hope Bryant Says Middle-Class Folks Don’t Riot, Poverty Incites Social Unrest
In a recent article for American Banker titled Lessons from Baltimore: ‘Middle-Class Folks Don’t Riot,’ John Hope Bryant, President and CEO of Operation Hope, wrote:
“Our goal as a society should be to bring economic opportunity to these neighborhoods. That starts with financial education and ends with making free enterprise work for all.”
Bryant joined Roland Martin Wednesday on NewsOne Now to discuss what can be done to bring economic opportunity to our underserved neighborhoods and explained the root cause of recent social unrest is, in fact, poverty.
“It’s not like we got the memo on free enterprise and screwed it up … we never got the memo,” Bryant told Martin during the discussion.
In order to start moving our communities forward Bryant said, “we need to focus on small businesses and entrepreneurship to set ourselves free.” He added, “If you can’t get a job, create a job.”
Bryant’s Operation Hope is looking to expand in Baltimore and has opened nearly 100 offices around the country over the past year to help assist in its organizational goal of making free enterprise work for everyone through “silver rights empowerment.”
All that and more in this special edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio Podcast.