The Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 7, 2016 - Julia Stiles 07/07/2016 Views: 134,709

Trevor reacts to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two African-American men shot by police officers, and calls on law enforcement to address systemic racism. (7:40)

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DID YOU GUYS SEE THE

SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED TWO DAYSAGO?

BECAUSE DON'T WORRY, IF YOUMISSED IT, THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE

YESTERDAY.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA ANDFALCON HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA.

TWO VIDEOS IN TWO DAYS OF POLICEFATALLY SHOOTING TWO BLACKMEN

WHO, WHEN YOU WATCH THE VIDEO,DID NOTHING TO WARRANT THEM

LOSING THEIR LIVES.

YOU KNOW THE HARDEST PART OFHAVING A CONVERSATION

SURROUNDING POLICE SHOOTINGS INAMERICA, IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE IN

AMERICA, IT'S LIKE IF YOU TAKE ASTAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU

AUTOMATICALLY ARE AGAINSTSOMETHING ELSE.

SUCH A STRANGE WORLD TO BE IN.

YOU'RE EITHER A CAT PERSON OR ADOG PERSON.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE A RED SOX ORYOU'RE A YANKEES.

WHEN YOU TEXT, YOU TYPE LOL ORHA HA HA!

PERSONALLY I'M LOL.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HA HAHA, AND I RESPECT THAT.

THE POINT IS WE CAN COMETOGETHER AND HATE THOSE WHO TYPE

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL.

YOU CAN'T LAUGH OUT LOUD, HA HAHA HA HA.

IT SHOULD BE ONE WAY OR THEOTHER.

BUT POLICE SHOOTINGS, ITSHOULDN'T WORK THAT WAY.

FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU'RE PRO"BLACK LIVES MATTER" YOU'RE

ASSUMED TO BE ANTI-POLICE, ANDIF YOU'RE PRO POLICE, YOU'RE

ASSUMED TO HATE BLACK PEOPLE.

WHEN IN REALITY, YOU CAN BE PROCOP AND PRO-BLACK, WHICH IS WHAT

WE SHOULD ALL BE!

(APPLAUSE)THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE AIMING

FOR.

I GUESS TECHNICALLY THAT MEANSYOU COULD ALSO BE ANTI-COP AND

ANTI-BLACK WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU,I DON'T KNOW, MEL GIBSON, I

DON'T KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THE POINT IS YOU SHOULDN'T

HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEPOLICE AND THE CITIZENS THAT

THEY ARE SWORN TO PROTECT.

YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES THESEINCIDENTS EVEN MORE PAINFUL IS

THE FACT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLEWHO DON'T EVEN THINK THAT THIS

POLICE PROBLEM EXISTS.

DO YOU GUYS REMEMBER THE CATCALLING VIDEO IN NEW YORK CITY

WHERE A WOMAN WALKED AROUND INNEW YORK FOR A DAY AND OVER 100

MEN TOOK THAT AS AN INVITATIONTO HARASS HER.

REMEMBER THAT.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: I WAS SHOCKED BYTHAT VIDEO, BY HOW EXTREME CAT

CALLING ACTUALLY WAS.

I DIDN'T KNOW, BECAUSE I'M AMAN.

I DID NOT SEE THAT IN MY WORLDAND I DIDN'T KNOW IT COULD

HAPPEN FOR BLOCKS AND A WOMANWAS HARASSED OVER AND OVER

AGAIN.

I WAS SHOCKED BY THAT, WHEN ISAW THE VIDEO.

I DIDN'T THINK MEN WERE SOCONCERNED WITH THE SUGAR CONTENT

OF WOMEN'S BREASTS.

I DIDN'T KNOW THESE THINGS WEREHAPPENING BECAUSE I HADN'T SEEN

IT.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS ONLY DONE BYCONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND CARTOON

WOLVES.

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS ALLABOUT.

AFTER I WATCHED THE VIDEO, IREALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM,

BECAUSE SEEING IS BELIEVING, ANDFOR SOME STRANGE REASON, WHEN IT

COMES TO VIDEOS OF POLICESHOOTINGS, SEEING ISN'T

BELIEVING.

THE POLICE WILL ALWAYS COME OUTWITH A STATEMENT LIKE, I KNOW IT

LOOKS LIKE THE OFFICER SHOT THEMAN, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SUBDUED.

BUT WHAT THE VIDEO DOESN'T SHOWFROM THIS ANGLE IS THAT THE

POLICEMAN FEARED FOR HIS LIFEDUE TO THE SUSPECT'S PHYSICAL

ACTIONS THAT, AGAIN, ARE NOTVISIBLE FROM THIS ANGLE.

I WAS ASKED THE QUESTION, WHY ISIT THAT THE POLICE ONLY DO THAT

WHEN THEY'RE THE ONES ON CAMERA?

BECAUSE IF THERE'S EVER A VIDEOOF YOU COMMITTING A CRIME, THE

POLICE WON'T BE, LIKE, OH, IKNOW THE IT LOOKS LIKE THE

SUSPECT IS ROBBING THE CASHREGISTER IN THE VIDEO, BUT WHAT

YOU DON'T SEE FROM THIS ANGLEIS -- IN FACT HOW DO WE KNOW THE

VIDEO ISN'T PLAYING IN REVERSEAND HE ISN'T PUTTING MONEY INTO

THE CASH REGISTER?

YOU CAN'T JUDGE FROM THE VIDEO!

WHY IS THE VIDEO NEVER ENOUGH?

TAHRIR RICE, ERIC GARNER,VIDEO, ONLY SKEPTICISM.

WHEN IT COMES TO BIG FOOT,PEOPLE SEE ONE BLURRY VIDEO AND

PEOPLE DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TOFINDING HIM.

THEY LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES ANDDEDICATE THEMSELVES TO THAT

(BLEEP).

IT'S HARD TO BLAME BLACK PEOPLEFOR NOT TRUSTING THE POLICE IN

THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE EVEN WHENPOLICE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY

OF FILMING THEMSELVES, STUFFLIKE THIS HAPPENS.

>> THE TWO OFFICERS ARE NOW ONADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, BOTH WORE

BODY CAMERAS, HOWEVER -->> DURING THE ALTERCATION, THE

BODY CAMERAS DID BECOMEDISLODGED.

>> Trevor: REALLY?

THE BODY CAMERA BECAMEDISLODGED?

SO, WHAT, HAS IT GOTTEN SO BADTHAT EVEN THE CAMERAS ARE, LIKE,

SORRY, I CAN'T BE PART OF THIS,I'VE SEEN ENOUGH.

REALLY?

THE CAMERA BECAME DISLODGED?

I CALL (BLEEP), YEAH.

(APPLAUSE)BECAUSE I'VE SEEN WHITE PEOPLE

CAMERAS, AND THOSE THINGS NEVERCOME OFF.

>> (BLEEP)!

>> WHOA!

WHOA!

I'M ALIVE!

>> Trevor: YEAH.

YOU KNOW IT'S A WHITE PEOPLEVIDEO WHEN IT ENDS WITH SOMEONE

SCREAMING, I'M ALIVE!

(LAUGHTER)YOU KNOW WHAT PISSES ME OFF MOST

ABOUT THIS?

I DON'T THINK THERE IS A PROBLEMWITH THE POLICE.

SOME PEOPLE SAY I DON'T THINKTHERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE

POLICE.

YOU KNOW, BLACK PEOPLE ARESURELY DOING SOMETHING.

MAYBE THE BLACK GUY DIDSOMETHING WRONG.

YOU CAN'T DENY THE RACISM.

AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TOACKNOWLEDGE IT.

IN FACT, THINK OF THIS, THINK OFTHE MOST RACIST THING PEOPLE CAN

CALL BLACK PEOPLE.

THEY CALL THEM MONKEYS, BABOONS,GORILLAS.

YET, WHEN PEOPLE WATCH THE VIDEOOF AN ACTUAL GORILLA BEING SHOT

FOR DRAGGING A CHILD, NOT ONLYWAS THERE MORE OUTRAGE FOR THE

GORILLA, THE ORGANIZATIONRESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING THE

GORILLA ADMITTED THERE WERESYSTEMIC PROBLEMS THAT NEEDED TO

BE FIXED.

>> A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ISNOW FOCUSED ON HOW A LITTLE BOY

FELL INTO A GORILLA ENCLOSURECLOSURE AT THE CINCINNATI ZOO.

REPORTS SHOW THE ZOO IS MAKINGCHANGES TO PREVENT TRAGIC

ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS FROMHAPPENING AGAIN.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, (BLEEP)GORILLA!

THEY'RE MAKING CHANGES FOR AGORILLA!

ONE GORILLA!

ONE!

(APPLAUSE)IT'S THE TRUTH!

IT'S THE TRUTH.

I SHOULDN'T EVEN BE AFRAID TOSAY IT.

AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM WITHIN ITSPOLICE FORCE, AND ALTHOUGH THIS

IS A PROBLEM THATDISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS BLACK

PEOPLE, IT'S NOT JUST A BLACKPROBLEM.

THIS IS AN AMERICAN PROBLEMBECAUSE, JUST TODAY, THERE WAS A

THIRD VIDEO THIS TIME OF A WHITEKID GETTING SHOT BY THE POLICE

WHILE HE WAS LYING DOWN ON THEGROUND.

THIS IS AN AMERICAN PROBLEM,EVERYONE IS INVOLVED.

WITH ALL THIS EVIDENCE ON VIDEO,SURELY THE LEAST AMERICA CAN

EXPECT FROM ITS POLICE IS FORTHEM TO ADMIT THERE IS A PROBLEM

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FIX SOMETHINGUNTIL YOU ADMIT IT'S BROKEN.

YOU'RE PROBABLY SAYING, TREVOR,WHAT DOES IT HELP TO JUST ADMIT

YOU HAVE A PROBLEM?

WELL THE LAS VEGAS POLICEDEPARTMENT DID THAT.

IN 2011, THEY ADMITTED THERE WASA POTENTIAL FOR BIAS, A BETTER

WAY FOR POLICE TO INTERACT WITHSUSPECTS.

BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ANDTRAINING OFFICERS ON HOW TO

ASSESS AND DEEASE CAY CALCULATEA SITUATION, THEY DECREASED

SHOOTINGS BY 36%.

36%!

(APPLAUSE)WHICH IS NOT PERFECT, BUT AT

LEAST THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING,AND IF THE POLICE CAN GET THEIR

(BLEEP) TOGETHER, IN A CITYWHERE YOU CAN RENT A TIGER AND

GET MARRIED TO A FILIPINO ELVISPRESLEY, THEN THE REST OF

AMERICA HAS NO EXCUSE.