Rep. Pete King: Obama To Blame For Making Eric Garner Case About Race

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The man who killed the two officers on Saturday as that sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn reportedly posted messages on social media before the killings indicating he was angry about the case of Eric Garner.

Garner was an unarmed black Staten Island man who died in July after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold.

Appearing Monday on Fox News, King criticized statements Obama and de Blasio made about the Garner case before Saturday’s killings.

“Whatever was right or wrong about Staten Island, it was wrong for the mayor and the President to imply that somehow this involved race, that this was part of some endemic racism in the police department and society,” King said.

He also said it was time for Obama and de Blasio to begin praising police.

“It’s important for the President and the mayor, if they are serious about healing what they believe is this rift — or this feud, if you will, this chasm — in race relations, for them to come out and start giving praise to the police” the congressman said on Fox News.

“Say that the police have done more to save minority lives than anyone in this country,” he added.

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2 thoughts on “Rep. Pete King: Obama To Blame For Making Eric Garner Case About Race

  1. Obama gets blamed all the time, It’s really King ‘s fault and for full who think like him. We are in a sad place in dealing with race relations. And the crazy thing is white folk getting angry about us being angry about getting killed.

    1. We really are in a bad place and it has everything to do with the brown man in office…folks are mad there is a black man running things… AND….How dare we get mad about black men being gunned down and black boys being treated like they are grown men and being gunned down too. Arghhhhh!

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