Republican Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon says the system worked and "justice was served" in reference to a Staten Island grand jury's decision to not indict a New York police officer over the death of Eric Garner.
"The process of indicting is a pretty easy one, and so the fact that this, you know, this officer wasn't indicted speaks volumes that it was clear to the grand jury that he operated under the scope of his authority and he did, you know, what any reasonable officer would have done to subdue somebody that was resisting arrest," Salmon said on NewsMaxTV's America's Forum. "And all I'm saying is that that is the process by which our country operates, and justice was served. That's the way the process works, and, y'know, I can't really expound on it any more."
Salmon said he didn't believe the officer acted incorrectly because the grand jury failed to indict Garner.
"But I don't believe, you know, that this officer operated incorrectly, and that's because the grand jury decided not to indict. That's the way the process works."
The Arizona Republican slammed those he said are "bringing up allegations" of profiling, saying law enforcement has a tough job to "secure the streets."
"But to constantly be, you know, bringing up allegations of, you know, profiling or whatever the case may be, when officers have a pretty darn tough job to secure the streets as it is, and then they're exonerated by their peers, who look at all of the evidence, instead of those that, you know, that profit off of perpetuating these kinds of, you know, schisms in our society, like, you know, like Al Sharpton and those guys that are always constantly out there, you know, trying to make something that doesn't exist — look, is there still racism in our country? Yes, there is. Is it a lot better than it's been in our lifetime? Absolutely it is."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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