Christie on Ferguson: Not going to generalize ‘against law enforcement officers’
August 18th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
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Christie on Ferguson: Not going to generalize ‘against law enforcement officers’

(CNN) – Asked if there was a general problem in the United States with the way police deal with young African-American men, Gov. Chris Christie argued people shouldn’t be quick “to make generalizations.”

“Whatever happened in Ferguson, we have a justice system in this country that will be able to make that judgment, and if there are people who need to be held accountable, I'm confident they will be,” the New Jersey Republican said in a response to a question by WNYC’s Matt Katz.

“But I'm not going to get into this business of generalizing against law enforcement officers. It's not right,” he continued.

His comments Friday came one day after Sen. Rand Paul, another potential presidential candidate, said the police response to the racially-charged street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer was an example of how law enforcement has become too militarized.

In an opinion piece for Time, the Kentucky Republican wrote that there “should be a difference between a police response and a military response."

While Paul labeled racial tension a crucial element to the recent unrest, Christie, a former U.S. attorney, did not go that far.

“I think it's very dangerous to make generalizations about anybody like that,” Christie said, referring to the reporter’s question about the relationship between police and African Americans. The governor made his comments in a press conference in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

“We have millions of dedicated men and women who are police officers across this country, who work in grave danger every day, who try to make sure they protect innocent people across the country,” he continued. “So I'm not going to get into this game of generalizing and characterizing people in that way. Everyone should be judged on their merits.”

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  1. Derp

    Did the police say he emptied his weapon?

    August 18, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Sniffit Sixth Sense

    I see racists everywhere. They are everywhere I tell you. Please help me!

    August 18, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. PaulCat

    Once again, Christie wants to have it both ways

    August 18, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Name

    Are you libs actually saying that police simply dislike blacks because they are black and arrest them for simply being black? Are you loons actually saying that blacks only commit more crimes because the police make unlawful arrest against blacks? Are you are the same libs that agree that the economy is roaring back and the US is stronger and more respected around the world because of Obama? Just trying to insure you libs are still in your fantasy world that's making this country weaker and weaker...

    August 18, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC


    @Rudy- The point is maybe instead of taking some of these eyewitnesses word as the solid truth maybe its time to let the real facts come out.

    I`ll say it again for the third time today the autopsy from Dr. Badan proved that some of the eyewitnesses version of the events were



    @Rudy-Everybody knows the video of the robbery has nothing to do with shooting incident. That has been reported all wkend by all three major

    news networks. Why you keep throwing that out there is anyones guess.
    Eyewitnesses reported that he fired at the fleeing young man. Do you think it is possible that he was hit elsewhere, or was even missed?

    The police are tight lipped about everything, including how many shots were actually fired. I haven't seen details of the autopsy beyond

    what was reported this morning, two bullets in the head, so I have no comment on it. The autopsy is more consistent with the witnesses than

    it is with the vague account given by the now dismissed police chief.

    Psst. Bill O'Reilly doesn't seem to know that the robbery had nothing to do with the shooting incident. Tune in tonight and watch for

    yourself. Watch him feign ignorance of established and agreed upon facts. Friday he cited only part of the chief press conference. Bill

    pretended that no one knew why the officer stopped the two young men. Yet, Bill cited the chief's words about the pictures and the video,

    but ignored his later remark that the robbery and the shooting were unrelated.

    Go ahead, watch him tonight lie through omission for yourself. I will. Keep one eyeball on the news ticker, too. When it contradicts him they just stop running those stories until the show is over, and then they resume running them.

    Yeah, smith. I'll stick my neck out and accuse the disgraced police chief of being a conservative. His actions have been inflammatory.

    August 18, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Only if you are white do you deserve to defend yourself against the cops... and then you can brandish guns against the Officers who have came to serve a warrant for your arrest on welfare fraud and the rwnj's will cheer you and defend you and cry big crocodile tears for you...

    That's right. Have 1,000 of your best neo-confederate buddies show up to point guns at the Bureau of Land Management and it was clearly the BLM's overreaction and "fascist, police state overreach" at fault and oh what a horrible gov't. Turn around with your hands up while being a black teenager and clearly 6 or more shots are required to make sure you do no turning around with your hands up ever again....and the MSM and RWNJ conservative white fright race resentment factory will immediately begin churning out excuses for the police and making the entire incident an opportunity to go on long-winded rants condemning the victim and the entire black community, etc.

    August 18, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. JusSayin

    When did jaywalking become probable cause for the use of deadly force? I really hope Brown's friend that was there is not anywhere being detained or badgered by police. ( _Punk, if you tell the truth about this, we'll destroy your family_ ).

    No, it isn't just cops harassing young black men, and to target just on that, ignores a *LOT* of police aggression towards anyone they think is weak, including retired, leukemic stroke and cancer patients, weven white men.

    August 18, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Nguyen

    That is wise. I doubt seriously the witnesses thus far. Brown just robbed a store and one of the main witnesses was with him when he did it. It would be interesting to see why the policeman used a gun instead of other non-lethal means even though he was 6'4" 300lbs. I guess we will find out if the officer murdered someone or if its just another disgruntled and drugged black criminal. Statistics lean heavily in favor of the policeman. More looting and vandalizing will surely follow.

    August 18, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    In short:

    Bundy = "hero"

    Brown = "thug"

    Now, which one was armed and made threats to the police while having a few hundrewd of his closest neo-confederate secessionist states-righter bircher pals point guns at the Bureau of Land Management while promising to use women and children as shields?

    August 18, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. smith

    @Ol`Yeller-Are you really comparing a protest that had no violence,no acts of looting, and no acts of arson to a protest that had those three elements? Talk about a false comparison. Btw, I think Bundy was in the wrong and is a racist puke.

    August 18, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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