Former NYPD detective and CNN contributor Harry Houck created a firestorm on a recent CNN segment when he argued that Sandra Bland would not have died in police custody if she weren’t “arrogant from the very beginning.” Bland was arrested over a minor traffic violation after she refused to put out a lit cigarette and a Texas state trooper became irritated with her. The officer removed Bland from her vehicle after threatening to ‘light her up’ with his Taser. Bland was found dead in her jail cell days later, with authorities claiming she committed suicide.
In a conversation with Don Lemon and Marc Lamont Hill, Houck stated, “An officer does have the choice to bring anyone out of the vehicle when he stops them for his own safety. The whole thing here is that she was very arrogant from the very beginning, very dismissive of the officer, alright?”
Hill countered Houck’s statement by arguing that Bland did not have an obligation to “kiss the officer’s butt,” stating, “Sometimes police officers act as if you’re not completely kowtowing and deferential, that somehow you’re violating a law. This is a perfect example of how vulnerable Black women are in public spaces to law enforcement.”
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5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.