On Fox News Sunday, Rudy Giuliani Suggests "More Responsibility Is On The Black Community" To Reduce Tensions With Police
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From the November 30 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday:
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WALLACE: Mayor, let me move you on to the bigger issue, though. Because I want you to take a look at a poll that we found. 70 percent of blacks say people in their community are treated less fairly than whites in dealing with the police. Only 37 percent of whites make the same complaint. Question, do you think that blacks have a legitimate complaint about racial discrimination by police in their communities?
GIULIANI: Yes, I do. I do believe that there is more intereaction and more unfair intereaction between police officers, white and black, in the black community than in the white community. And I think some of that responsibility is on the police department. And on police departments to train their police officers better and to make their police departments much more diversified. But I think just as much if not more responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community. It's because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. And when I assigned police officers with Commissioner Bratton and Commissioner Safir, we did it based on statistics. We didn't do it based on race. If there were a lot of murders in a community, we put a lot of police officers there. If I had put all of my police officers on Park Avenue and none in Harlem, thousands and thousands more blacks would have been killed during the 8 years that I was mayor.