Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani again weighed in on tensions between members of the black community and police officers in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
Giuliani said that he thinks that some police officers do discriminate against blacks, but he went on to say that blacks are partially responsible for that.
“There is more interaction and more unfair interaction among police officers, white and black, in the black community than in the white community. And I think some of that responsibility is on the police department and on police departments to train their officers better and to make their police departments much more diversified,” Giuliani said Sunday. “But I think just as much, if not more, responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community.”
Giuliani then brought up crime statistics similar to those he cited a week ago.
“It’s because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. And when I assigned police officers with Commissioner Bratton and Commissioner Safir, we did it based on statistics. We didn’t do it based on race. If there were a lot of murders in a community, we put a lot of police officers there,” he said.
Since his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last weekend, Giuliani has made several controversial remarks on race and crime in the U.S.
On Sunday, Giuliani also said that he didn’t think Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s case should have gone to a grand jury.
“I don’t see how this case normally would have been brought to a grand jury,” he said. “This is the kind of case, had it not had the racial overtones and the national publicity, where a prosecutor would have come to the conclusion that there’s not enough evidence to present to the grand jury.”
Watch a clip via Media Matters: