Former NYPD detective Harry Houck came on CNN’s New Day on Monday and claimed that African Americans were “prone to criminality,” and that activists should stop asserting that they were being “picked on” by the police.
Houck even came prepared with statistics that he claims proves that African Americans commit far more crimes than whites and they should stop complaining about “disparities of blacks and whites in jails.”
“That’s why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites,” he insisted. “They turn it around — the racial demagogues out there — turn it around that the blacks are being picked on.”
When CNN commentator Mark Lamont Hill mentioned that there was “considerable evidence of racism” in the police department.
“It doesn’t matter!” Houck exclaimed.
“Harry just went on national TV and said black people are prone to criminality!” Hill observed.
“Well, they are!” Houck replied.
“You think black people are prone to criminality?” Hill asked. “You don’t mean to say that. I’m going to give you a chance to correct [yourself]. You don’t mean that black people are prone to criminality.”
“You are interpreting something else into what I’m saying into your narrative!” Houck screamed back. “That’s what you do!”