MSNBC’s Greer: We Have to Have a ‘Real, Systematic, Widespread Clearing Out’ of Police Officers in the Country

‘Many of the police officers in the Minnesota Police Department have gone through extra training and clearly it didn’t work’

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GREER: "Mika, I’m sorry, I’m still jarred every time I see the video of Derek Chauvin leaning on George Floyd. We can’t get immune to that, that’s one. I think we have a real conversation about institutional change. You know, many of the police officers in the Minnesota Police Department have gone through extra training and clearly it didn’t work. We’ll see that when the other remaining officers go on trial in August. I think a great start is that we have Merrick Garland at the head of the DoJ and hopefully some really substantive change, if we confirm Kristen Clark, the work of Vanita Gupta and Civil Rights Division will really set some precedent not just in the DoJ that will hopefully trickle down to police departments across the country, large and small. It’s beyond just a few bad apples. It's beyond just a few incidents. We have to have a real, systematic, widespread clearing out of officers and officers who aid and abet type of behavior. There are far too many communities and families who have gone through this very same thing that the Floyd family has gone through and we don’t even know about it. So you think about what that does to a community, it has to be a systemic change from Washington, D.C. to police departments across the country."

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