Bernie: Black People Should Respect Cops To Avoid Being Shot In Back Of Head

"I would respect what they are doing so that you don't get shot in the back of the head,” Bernie Sanders said.

Columbia, SC – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a black student that the best way to handle incidents with police is to show them respect “so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”

The 78-year-old presidential hopeful’s public statement was made during the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum question-and-answer session at Benedict College on Saturday, CBS News reported.

"If I'm your son, what advice would you give me next time I'm pulled over by a police officer?" the male student asked him.

"I would respect what they are doing so that you don't get shot in the back of the head,” Sanders said after a long pause. “But I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit.”

Sanders said that black citizens should politely do everything they can to identify the officer who they are dealing with.

"I would be very cautious if you were my son in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure if possible that police officer's camera is on what goes on,” he added.

According to CBS News, the question seemed to “stump” the presidential candidate, and his response failed to drum up much approval from the crowd.

Sanders selected a different clip – one in which he hammered away about how the “wealthy and powerful” are “above the law” – to post to Twitter.

"If you are wealthy and powerful, or maybe the president, you are above the law,” he said in the clip. “But if you are poor, if you're black, if you're Hispanic, it's a different story.”

You can watch footage of Sanders’ ill-received anti-police comments in the video below:

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Woobie46
Woobie46

We NEED another heart attack directed straight at Mad Bernie. The sooner the better and it needs to be fatal. He so richly deserves it. \

floridacop
floridacop

did that clown just say we (cops) shot people in the back of the head? No wonder why people do not respect cops because you have dumbasses like this spreading false allegations. Bernie you retard name one case where a cop shot a person in the back of the head.

WatchYourSix
WatchYourSix

What a pig.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

So, according to Bernie, black people should show respect, or get a bullet in the back of the head. Sounds like he is okay with that. Also, since he is a multimillionaire and if he becomes POTUS he is above the law. Great "Do as I say, not as I do" speech Bernie!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

it's a start.. but realistically, cops rarely shoot people in the back of the head... if you don't fight the police, if you don't pull a gun on the police, if you don't fight the police when they arrest you for after you have committed a crime, if you are polite and respectful, your chances of getting killed are a lot lower.

Lochemet
Lochemet

What a disgusting attitude. Wouldn't he make a great American President?? (NOT!) We need to encourage people to get out and vote for President Trump for re-election in 2020. He's done a great job with the economy; he loves and supports our military and our law enforcement. And he loves his and our country and only wants to bring in the best for her. Bernie Sanders, just like most of the other Dem candidates, are looking for the opportunity to throw America under the bus.

Anomie88
Anomie88

The anti-police rhetoric by the "Antipo" followers is getting out of control. Dear doddering old fool Bernie, why don't you advise your "son" to obey the law in the first place, show respect and follow all commands and everything will end well for all citizens. Ignoramus in chief. To imply all black people are shot in the backs of their heads if they don't listen to the police is outrageous, insulting and an abhorrent label affixed by a liberal coward.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Sanders again proves he's a idiot!

Graham91
Graham91

This is terrible, statistics / facts don't back up what he's saying, officer's are 18x more likely to be shot by a black suspect than the other way around. It's saying crap like this that emboldened groups like Black Lives Matter that have done more harm for black communities than good through the Ferguson effect, by a pushing police presence out and in effect we see crime spike 50-500% in effected areas. Key numbers to keep in mind is blacks only make up 13% of the US population, but make up for 50% of the annual murder count on black on black homicide. The danger and enemy to blacks is not the police, but their very own culture and Democrats who refuse to shine a light on real issues, they're too busy cashing out welfare checks keeping blacks spoonfed and catering to criminal culture NWA "f@#% the police" attitude.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Go home Bernice and change your adult Depends. Between this old codger and sleepy Joe Biden, the democrats sure have a winning ticket.

cherm59
cherm59

How do people say these things and still think they are good people? Eph 6:12

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Bernie,

You’re an idiot and a liar. He wants to harass billionaires but not millionaires bc he is a millionaire. He should not harass anyone and create an environment we’re anyone who wants to prosper can. For those who don’t want prosperity bad enough to want it, let them sleep in that bed. No need to steal from others in order to get votes. No need to be dishonest about the police in order to get voted.

Wait- he has nothing else to offer us.

I don’t know the exact numbers but in his decades of public service, he has introduced hundred of bills and only gotten 3 bills passed into law. How pathetic.

Politics is a license to steal.

Stitcharoo
Stitcharoo

Disgusting senile old man. This is "what" wants to lead thus country, as "killary" wants to.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Another real winner! Just keep up the ANTI-POLICE rhetoric Bernie, you're doing just fine at it. Perhaps it's time for you to consider RETIREMENT! Don't be "THAT PERSON" who tries to stop the filth, just keep it going! Maybe we can lose another dozen officers this week, thanks to your comments! What is wrong with "D's" anymore? JFK, FDR, Harry Truman all have to be rolling in their graves by now!

Grog
Grog

Bernie and Joe, "White women don't get pulled over by police" Biden, should team up and both go down in flames together! Bernie and Joey are disgusting pieces of sub-human dung!

cspcapt
cspcapt

so bernie admits he is above the law.

cops-kid
cops-kid

C'mon... show a little compassion for the senile old fart. Someday, with luck, you'll get that old.

Patriot63
Patriot63

True leaders work on mending racial issues like what Trump is achieving not bait them as a tool for political gain.

investigator
investigator

The amazing thing is.....people actually want him to be their President!

Buzzy
Buzzy

To be fair that's how it was in the USSR when he honeymooned there

Stanracer
Stanracer

And we have to hold criminals responsible for actions they commit. This is actully very simple. 1. You get pulled over by the police. 2. You COMPLY with their requests. 3. You live to tell all your friends how well you were treated by the police.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Sounds like Crazy Bernie and Joe Biden have the same speechwriters.

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

That's one of the most irresponsible comment any politician has said. This idiot should go away or jail. What happened to his new college incident?

Raymelson
Raymelson

Bernie Sanders is a P,O,S that needs flushing asap

firedogg95
firedogg95

what a freakin stupid thing to say ... YOU sir are part the problem plaguing america today!

SARick
SARick

Bernie relies on those same officers to watch his back. I'd be a little more careful in which direction his attacks go.

LAW169
LAW169

Where’s the lowest common denominator in all this Biden / Sanders verbal crap??? These two are old racists White men. And denominator has no comment on their racist retorts? Which one you going to vote for?

61mouse
61mouse

Let them talk shit all that's doing is #TRUMP2020 Will get another 4 yrs