MSNBC Hosts Rudy Giuliani To Claim Black Lives Matter Has Put “A Target On Police Officers' Backs”

From the July 8 edition of MSNBC Live:

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RUDY GIULIANI: If you look at the number of murders of black men in America, that would make up less than 1 percent of the number of murders of black men in America. So the way we deal with it is to put it in proper perspective and be honest about it. What happened last night was the worst attack on law enforcement since September 11. People of Dallas should not feel guilty about it. It could have happened any place else in America. Police officers in this country feel they have a target on their back and they have felt that way for over a year now. 


I also recognize that 75 percent of the murder victims in New York City are black. The police have to be present in the black community. Not necessarily because they want to be, not necessarily because you'd like to have them there, but because that's where the murders are taking place. From the time I became mayor and the time I left, murder went down from 1900 to 500. Then Mayor Bloomberg brought it down to 300. It's now going up again. In that period of time, we saved, you know, thousands and thousands of mostly black lives. By putting white police officers in areas where they were at risk. Now the New York City Police Department is a non-majority white police department. That's by design. Started with Mayor Koch, Mayor Dinkins, me, and Mayor Bloomberg. We accomplished making it a multi-racial, multi-ethnic police department. It is not a majority white police department. At the same token, not every police officer is a perfect person. Some are evil, some are bad. Most are good. And the vast majority are good. And I think we have to be honest with each other. When you talk about Black Lives Matter, you know, the black young boy who was killed by another black young boy is just as dead as the black young boy killed by the police officer except what I just mentioned happens 9,10,12,50 times more than the other. And I think that the reason there's a target on police officer's backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter that make it seem like all police are against blacks. They are not. They are the ones saving black lives. Black Lives Matter is not saving any black lives. It's the police officers that are doing it. 


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