Ana Navarro on Monday's episode of "The View" downplayed the race of the black police officers charged with murdering black man Tyre Nichols in Memphis earlier this month.
“People would have done more to help a dog out than they did to help Tyre Nichols out," Navarro said in one clip. "And that is inhumanity. And what we saw, in this case, is that good cops come in any gender, any class, any color. And bad cops can be of any gender and any color — and these cops were blue before they were black."
Navarro added that "these cops were part of the Scorpion Unit. It could not have been more aptly named 'cause they were filled with poison and hatred and a desire to kill. That night they were out hunting — hunting for a victim, who just happened to be this young man, Tyre Nichols. And I think we are so tired, everyone is so tired — and particularly black mothers are so tired of seeing this over and over again."
Navarro's take can be seen in the second video below:
What's the background?
Nichols, 29, was hospitalized after being pulled over Jan. 7 for reckless driving and died from his injuries three days later. The five officers involved were fired for violating department policies after an internal investigation — and arrested and booked into jail. Each officer was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct, and official oppression.
In an interview Friday morning with Memphis' police chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, CNN's Don Lemon asked, "Five black officers, a black police chief in a black community — what do you make of the race of the officers and what that says to the community and to the country about the policing, the care —" Davis interjected that "race" isn't the reason for policing problems.
Friday evening police released video of Nichols' beating as officials braced for rioting. CNN's Van Jones penned an op-ed that evening saying that even though black officers are charged with murdering Nichols, "black people can harbor anti-black sentiments" and can be influenced by racism.
What else was said on 'The View'?
Whoopi Goldberg, another co-host of "The View," echoed Navarro's downplaying of race, saying it's not an issue of black or white — but a problem with "policing itself."
"Seems things don’t seem to make sense to people unless it’s somebody they can feel, or they can recognize. ... Do we need to see white people also get beaten before anybody will do anything?" Goldberg added. "I’m not suggesting that, so don’t write us and tell me what a racist I am. I’m just asking, is that what people have to see in order to wake up and realize this affects us all?"
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