Black Lives Matter advocates for dignity, justice, and respect, but fired Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday a "political atmosphere of anti-police sentiment" is leading to "non-compliance," a "state of lawlessness around the country" and black lives murdered in Chicago.
"So what’s happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks," McCarthy told host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable." "Less than half of 1 percent of all the shootings in this city involve police officers shooting civilians."
McCarthy added Chicago and its murder rate is just the "worst example" of how politics have "created environment of emboldening criminals" and "hamstringing the police."
"People are dying in record numbers here," McCarthy told Catsimatidis. "Does that make any sense?
"We are very clearly going down the wrong path, and the political environment that exists in this city and across this country is contributing to a sense of lawlessness."
A movement such as BLM has had a "legitimizing" effect on violent criminals, impacting safety and policing, according to McCarthy.
"It starts with non-compliance on the part of the individual," McCarthy said. "That non-compliance is being legitimized by what's happening politically.
"Legitimizing that non-compliance is leading to disorder."
McCarthy is hopeful in the new year with the new president and President-elect Trump's nominee for Attorney General Jeff Sessions some things can swing back into the police's favor as opposed to President Barack Obama's administration.
"I think the Trump election quite frankly is a reaction to that," he said. "I think the people are tired of career politicians who've never really had a job telling us how we should think and how we should act. America is fed up with that."
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