Not everyone on the right is ecstatic about the recent grand jury decisions in favor of police officers who kill black men. On Wednesday, the first and only African-American to serve as the chairman of the RNC, spoke on MSNBC expressing understanding of the frustration felt in the minority community.
“We very much appreciate the protections and the role that police play in our communities,” Michael Steele clarified. “But there are some very, very bright lines, Alex, that have begun to appear over the last 18 to 24 months, and they tell us, at least, that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich — well, clearly a black man’s life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration that a lot of African-Americans see.”
He went on to say that the facts and evidence in these cases suggest that they should be brought before a jury for trial so that the community can “begin healing” and so that we “can take a more open look at our criminal justice system.”
Watch Steele’s remarks in the video below.