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The BBC, an English news network, was caught off guard last week when it invited a black former police officer to speak about now-convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the death of criminal suspect George Floyd.
Instead of expressing agreement with the verdict, the former Tucson Police Department officer slammed the verdict, the network and U.S. President Joe Biden.
Anyone who knows former cop Brandon Tatum’s background would have seen it coming, but the BBC anchor who interviewed him clearly didn’t. He does now.
From the get-go, Tatum made it clear that he wasn’t buying the narrative that the BBC and other media outlets both in the U.K. and here have been peddling.
“Well first of all, I think most of what I heard on the broadcast all the way here is confusing to me. I think we’re living in ‘The Twilight Zone.’ This conviction, in my personal opinion, did nothing for our country. I mean, people are living a lie,” he said.
Like other mainstream networks, the BBC has been portraying Chauvin’s guilty verdict as a win for so-called “racial justice.” Conservatives like Tatum, on the other hand, have argued that it’s a win for mob justice.
“This was the swiftest justice I ever seen in my life. … He did not get a fair trial, in my personal opinion. There was a lot of obstruction that happened. They paid the family out $27 million before the jury could be selected,” he said.
The BBC anchor responded by first demanding the issues surrounding the trial — from intimidation to threats of violence — be put aside and then asking Tatum whether what’s bothering him is the perception that the case was a landmark one.
The former Tucson cop replied that this is indeed the case.
“This is not a landmark case. This is a political agenda. They’re pushing lies in our country. Policing in America is not inherently racist. We don’t live in a racist country,” he argued.
“This was an interaction between a police officer that I thought did the wrong thing, and a black man who was on drugs high, resisting arrest and ended up being killed by that police officer. That’s as simple as it can be.”
Tatum then turned his attention to Biden, who’s been espousing the same “racial justice” rhetoric as the media.
Biden proclaims ‘systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul’ in Twilight Zone post-verdict statement https://t.co/gVOsyRlAo6
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 21, 2021
“The president of the United States got out and made a fool of himself trying to promote racism in a simple police encounter that the officer got convicted on,” he said.
This prompted the BBC anchor to ask, “So you reject President Biden’s comments about systemic racism and it being a stain on the whole nation?”
It’s not clear that the anchor was ready for the blunt answer that followed.
“President Biden is an idiot in my personal opinion, and he’s just talking because he’s a politician. I mean, if you look at Joe Biden himself, he spoke at a Ku Klux Klan member’s funeral and did the eulogy of Robert Byrd,” Tatum said.
He added that, if Democrats want to play the “white supremacy” game, then they to acknowledge that Biden himself “is white supremacy and racism” defined.
“He should step down as the president because he’s an exemplification of that very thing. These people are just running their mouth, and they’re not being honest. We don’t have a problem with racism in our country,” the former cop continued.
“We have a problem with people not following the law. We also have a problem with politicians making up things so they can get re-elected, and that’s exactly what has been happening. That’s why you never see anything change. They’re lying to us.”
The anchor responded by asking a very elementary question.
“The rate of people being killed by police is higher amongst black people than amongst the rest of the population. How do you account for that?” he asked.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 23, 2021
Tatum responded by noting that, in reality, more unarmed whites than unarmed blacks are killed by police each year. Except that their deaths receive no coverage. As an example, he cited the case of Tony Timpa, who died in 2016 in a manner similar to Floyd, but whose death was mostly ignored.
“Because he was white, we don’t hear about it, and nobody cares. Nobody was talking about police reform when he was suffocated and killed, but they only talk about it because George Floyd is black,” he said.
Pivoting to his core argument, he then explained how the preponderance of crime among blacks explains why they have the most encounters with the police.
“Black people commit over half of violent crimes in this country and only make up 13 of the population. They commit over half of the murders in this country but only make up 13 of the population. … So that explains why police are in the black communities more, and that explains why black people are incarcerated more,” Tatum said.
But this valid point is buried by mainstream media outlets and Democrat politicians because it isn’t conducive to the narrative they want to sell, which is why the anchor was so stunningly unaware of it.
The former cop concluded his interview by reiterating his point about everybody just “making up lies.”
“They are making up lies, saying that it has anything to do with racism. Do you understand that there’s black police officers too that patrol in many of these majority black cities? Are they racist? No, that’s not the case,” he said.
“They’re just making these things up, in my personal opinion, and they’re riding a wave of dead black people in order to make money and get political leverage.”
His blunt, candid rhetoric earned him a great deal of praise on social media.
Thanks Brandon for showing the BBC as the woke fools they are. Got a bandwagon, they’ll jump on it, got an agenda, they’ll promote it, as long as it furthers the woke ideology, they’re all for it.
— Apockachipsnow (@apockachipsnow) April 23, 2021
Brandon Tatum is a true American hero! Thank you for your courage, sir! I cannot even begin to explain how much I look up to Brandon!
— Jared Dallin (@JaredDallin) April 22, 2021
Refreshing to hear the other side, any criticism of Biden VERY, VERY rare on BBC or Sky… and non existent during UK coverage of U.S election.
— Belinda de Lucy (@BelindadeLucy) April 24, 2021
How the hell did the BBC make the mistake of letting somebody on to speak the truth? Ironically, it was probably their racist assumption that they know exactly what every black person thinks.
— Elwood (@elwood) April 24, 2021
Thank you for your frank interview. I despise those deliberately fanning the flames of divisive rhetoric. Refreshing & honest.
— Allison (@bluemartini1970) April 24, 2021