Evangelical leader, Pat Robertson went off on police officers amid the recent high profile incidents of officers using excessive force against people of color, especially the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a cop who claim she mistook her sidearm for a taser.
On Thursday’s episode of the 700 Club, Robertson demonstrated the difference between a Glock handgun and a taser live on air, then blasted former officer Kim Potter who has been on the force for 26 years for not knowing the difference.
“There’s just no comparison,” Robertson said in a clip from Mediaite. “Now how she made the difference, when she shot that poor guy to death, saying this is what I thought was my taser. And if you can’t tell the difference in the feel of those things, it’s crazy.”
Robertson explained that he is pro-police but “its terrible what’s happening”.
“You know I am pro police folks, I think we need the police, we need their service, and they do a good job, but if they don’t stop this onslaught, they cannot do this,” he said. “You know the police in Virginia picked up a lieutenant in the Army and began to give him trouble, and our state police are highly trained, but why they don’t stop this, and this thing that’s going on in Minnesota with the Derek Chauvin. I mean they ought to put him under the jail. He has caused so much trouble by kneeling on the death of George Floyd, I mean his neck, it’s just terrible what’s happening.”
Robertson said he does not believe that the problem is with the officers’ training. The problem he says “is they’ve got to pay them more. We don’t have the finest in the police department. They’re low-paid people. They don’t get adequate… It’s not a question of training, it’s a question of hiring a more superior workforce, and we aren’t doing it.”