Peter Rosenberg Goes Off on a Cop Over Alton Sterling’s Death
On Wednesday (July 6), radio personality Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 took to the airwaves to voice his opinion of the shooting death of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, La.
A police officer calls into the show to discuss the horrific video of a fellow cop shooting and killing Sterling. Around the nine-minute mark of the above clip, Rosenberg asks, "Tell me this -- on the surface, as an officer yourself, it looks bad, no?"
The officer stutters and mumbles through his response, saying, "You know, I will tell you that it's, it's ... umm ..."
Rosenberg then cuts him off and says, "Can you say the words 'it looks bad?' You can't ever say that? This is the problem I have with cops. I have to say this. This is the problem I have with police officers, and no disrespect to you. Y'all don't ever want to point at someone else and say, 'You can't do your job well.' I can tell you right now, if I heard a radio personality get on the air and do something irresponsible, I'd go, 'That's a bad radio personality. He does a bad job. Police officers never want to say when y'all do a bad job."
He continues, "So that's the reason the public thinks all of you are bad. Because you won't ever call someone out and say, 'They murdered someone in cold blood. It happened again. And until you guys start taking responsibility for your own, people in the street are going to be upset instead. So how about y'all lead the movement instead? How about instead of people rioting, police officers get out in front of it themselves? And you guys are the ones on the front lines. That's what should happen."
Rosenberg opened the segment by setting the scene with some of the key facts from the incident. Before the officer called in, Rosenberg states, "The guy has a record, a long record -- assaults, all kinds of stuff -- I'm trying to put everything out there that you can. He had a gun on him, okay, sure. Let's assume even on top of that -- there was some sort of altercation with the police. Even if you factor in all of those things, I cannot understand how you would do your job that poorly as a police officer."
He continues, "Because he's not some raving lunatic, right? He's there every day. He's a consistent person who the guy who owns the store has no problems with. That means he's likely not a drunkard, not a lunatic, not someone who's acting super erratically. So what I'm trying to understand is, if you show up to a situation where you've gotten a call and heard something bad has happened, how do you get to the point where you're simply bum-rushing him, tackling him to the ground and shooting him?"
You can watch the full interview above via YouTube. In case you missed it, check out how hip-hop reacted to Sterling's death. Keep it locked to XXL as more information surfaces about the Alton Sterling incident.
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