‘Responding In A Way Of Just Listening And De-Escalating, You Can Make History,’ Says Michigan Sheriff
In the wake of George Floyd’s death -- a 46-year-old African American man who died in police custody in Minneapolis – there have been numerous protests across the country. During some of these protests, the police response seemed to further tensions between Black Americans and law enforcement.
Michigan Sheriff Chris Swanson stood out from others in uniform when he removed his helmet and marched in solidarity with the protesters. “Sometimes, police see dropping your swords and being vulnerable as a sign of weakness. And it’s the farthest thing from weakness,” Sheriff Swanson tells Dr. Phil on Wednesday’s episode. “Mr. Floyd changed American policing because now we see that by responding in a way of just listening and de-escalating, you can make history, and that’s what happened in Flint, Michigan.”
WATCH: Activists Tamika Mallory And Marc Lamont Hill Speak Out About Recent Protests Across The Nation
Congresswoman Karen Bass adds, “We’re really at a moral moment in our country.”
In the video above, hear why the congresswoman calls for police accountability.
On Wednesday, Dr. Phil leads a discussion with prominent members of the Black community, including national civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, and activist Tamika Mallory.
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