A Nebraska state senator has stated that the epidemic of police brutality in America is a bigger threat than terrorism.
Senator Ernie Chambers, a longtime outspoken official in the state, was speaking at a hearing on gun ownership. Chambers stated that the only reason he would want to own a gun would be to protect himself from the police.
Chambers’ speech begins at 51 minutes:
In comments that have angered critics, Chambers said “My ISIS is the police,” reasoning that “the police are licensed to kill us — children, old people.”
Chambers, Nebraska’s longest-serving state senator, pointed out that you do not have to look beyond the US to find a bigger daily threat to the lives of Americans.
“I wouldn’t go to Syria, I wouldn’t go to Iraq, I wouldn’t go to Afghanistan, I wouldn’t go to Yemen, I wouldn’t go to Tunisia, I wouldn’t go to Lebanon, I wouldn’t go to Jordan, I would do it right here,” Chambers said, urging “Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do daily.”
Indeed, in the past three months almost 300 Americans have been killed at the hands of police, according to estimates. That figure amounts to three people killed by cops every day.
Recent reports drawn from U.S. Department of State figures indicate that Americans are 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.
“If I was going to carry a weapon, it wouldn’t be against you, it wouldn’t be against these people who come here that I might have a dispute with. Mine would be for the police,” Chambers, first elected in 1970, told the hearing.
“And if I carried a gun I’d want to shoot him first and then ask questions later, like they say the cop ought to do.” the Senator added.
There is now a growing movement, led by Republican State Senator Beau McCoy, to force Chambers to apologise for the comments.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert also issued a press release declaring that Chambers should be focusing his energy on methods of improving public safety rather than “comparing police officers to terrorists.”
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer added “The comments that Senator Ernie Chambers made today at the Nebraska Unicameral are not only reprehensible but are completely without merit.”
“The comments are unbecoming of a state senator and have brought no value to the discussion of police community relations. I stand with my Omaha Police Officers as they are hardworking dedicated professionals.” Schmaderer declared.
Chambers is holding his ground, telling reporters that police are “encouraged and they’re given a free pass.”
“All you (police) have to say is you felt like you were in danger, then a citizen could say, ‘I will shoot first and ask questions later.’” Chambers noted.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.