Rep. Steve King planted his foot firmly in his mouth regarding the protests in Ferguson over the police shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown. Brief rioting and looting took place after the community’s anger spilled over onto the streets as police remained silent on the issue. The protests continue, with an increasingly militarized police force waging chemical warfare on protesters, shooting them with rubber bullets, and working overtime to ramp up the community’s anger.
Police initially promised to release the name of the officer who gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown, but then reneged on the promise. Anonymous took matters into their own hands, first releasing dispatch audio that confirmed that no EMS was on site, among other things then releasing the name and photograph of an officer they said was responsible. However, the officer was incorrectly ID’d according to Ferguson police and another Anonymous Twitter account. Law enforcement is still silent on the identity of the real killer.
Ferguson, which is about 65% African-American, is a city in which black people make up about 93% of arrests after traffic stops, 92% of searches, and 80% of all traffic stops. All but five of Ferguson’s 53 commissioned police officers are white, as is the Mayor and the majority of the city council. One officer was recently caught on tape calling the predominantly African-American protesters “f*cking animals.”
None of that matters, however, to Steve King. According to him, racial profiling is not a concern because the protesters appear to be of a single “continental origin.”
“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”
King added that he prefers to “reject race-based politics, identity politics. “I think we’re all God’s children and we all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior,” he said.
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