I wanted to lift up for your attention a segment of the video WestVirginiaVille shot at Saturday’s Huntington WV rally in protest of the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. (And, yes, it was four, not one, as new details emerge on how the other three held Floyd down as he died.)
Here is Rev. Matthew Watts, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Charleston, WV, putting his finger on who can reveal who the thugs and gangsters are on police forces, most of whose officers “are men and women of integrity and character.”
TRANSCRIPTION of “They Know Who the Gangsters Are”
MATTHEW WATTS: “[Racism] is woven into the fabric of the culture of the American quilt, inside of every institution. And that’s why you must use your influence and your power to eradicate it from every institution. And we all need to go and sit down with our mayors and with our chief of police, and with our city council representatives. And we must call for the police to police themselves.”
“99 percent of the police officers are solid citizens— men and women of integrity and character. And they went into the profession to serve and to protect. And within the police department itself, there are some thugs and gangsters! And the police have to police themselves. They know who the thugs are! They know who the gangsters are!”
~ “A Saturday of Protest in Huntington WV”: What it’s like to be a black man in Trump’s America. Why communal effort is needed. How racism is woven into “the American quilt.” PART 2 of our coverage of a Huntington WV rally protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.
~ “WATCH THIS: What Needs to be Said About George Floyd’s Murder”: We were looking for a quote at a Huntington, West Virginia rally in protest of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen. We got far more than a quote.
~ “They Know Who the Thugs Are”: Within the police department itself, there are some thugs and gangsters, says Rev. Matthew Watts. “And the police have to police themselves. They know who the thugs are! They know who the gangsters are!”
Thanks for being there when it came back, Elizabeth!
Thanks for bringing WestVirginiaVille back!