"700 Club” host Pat Robertson assured his viewers yesterday that police abuse of minorities in the U.S. is "pretty much a thing of the past."
According to RightWingWatch.org, Robertson was commenting about the protests that have erupted after a grand jury refused to press charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, on Aug. 9.
"I believe that African Americans in this society have been subject to discrimination, there's no question about it," said Robertson (video below).
"There has been police brutality in various cities, there's no question about that,” added Robertson. "But right now we live in what amounts to a pretty much even-tempered type of society.”
“Police are very careful in dealing with people, they’re trained to be careful with minorities, and the abuses of the past are pretty much a thing of the past,” Robertson claimed.
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However, USA Today reported earlier this year that FBI statistics show that nearly two black men were killed every week by white police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2012. The actual numbers are likely higher because local and state police departments report that type of information voluntarily to the FBI, but not all do.
“I’m all for social justice, and I think most of us are, but this case is somebody who may have been mentally disturbed, we don’t know that, he may have been high on something, we don’t know that, but whatever it was, the police officer had to defend himself and he was attacked in his police car," stated Robertson. "So why don’t [the protesters] just cool it?”
Robertson, who claims to support social justice, told The New York Times in 1988 that economic boycotts of the South African government to end the racist system of apartheid were ''knowingly or unknowingly allies of those who favor a one-party Marxist Government in South Africa.''
''Our long-range interests are at stake,'' added Robertson. ''We must have the minerals of southern Africa available to the West. If they fall into the hands of the Soviet Union, we will become vassals of the Soviets. It's a very important strategic matter that apparently our people just ignore.''
The South African government did fall because of economic boycotts and global condemnation, but Robertson's predictions did not come true, In fact, the Soviet Union fell a few years later.