'We Can't Be Cynical': St. Louis County Police Chief Speaks Out
In his first television interview since the Ferguson grand jury decision, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar spoke to Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" tonight.
Belmar reacted to comments made today by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said that issues between African-Americans and the police are tied to hundreds of years of racism.
Belmar said the issue of racism keeps sneaking into the conversation and it's counterproductive to both the dialogue that's happening and the protesters' goals.
"Every time the race card's thrown out, then it's very difficult to be able to establish your position, and it's very difficult to form those relationships where you say, 'Hey, we're the police, we're the 24-hour face of government, we're here for you,'" Belmar explained.
"If we can't get past this racist piece, then it's very difficult to move forward."
Belmar said that all the rhetoric about racism and incendiary charges thrown around could cause a rift at some point.
"We are the first line of government that people have to depend on. And if we don't have those relationships, or they're undermined by folks that seem to have a different agenda, it's going to make this very difficult for everybody."
"I understand skepticism, but we can't be cynical."
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