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Ex-NYC Top Cop: 'Lunatics' on Both Sides in Charlottesville

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By    |   Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:06 PM

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that both the racist groups who participated in Saturday's deadly Charlottesville rally, as well as the counter-protestors who clashed with them, must be investigated by the feds because "there are lunatics on both sides."

In interviews with Miranda Khan on "America Talks Live," and with Rita Cosby, guest host of "The Schnitt Show," Kerik said some of the counter-protestors were "just as bad as the neo Nazis, just as bad as the white supremacists."

"The people that were protesting on the opposite side, these people make communists look like socialists. There's a website that's posted on many of those banners . . . an extreme communist website that these people belong to," Kerik said.

"These are the same people ripping down these monuments and destroying property. I think they're just as bad as the neo-Nazis, just as bad as the white supremacists . . . I think the FBI should be investigating this group and the funders of these groups as well."

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Kerik said he believed police in Charlottesville, Va., could have been better prepared for the gathering of white supremacists, which ended in death when a car barreled through the crowd, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32.

"I hate to Monday morning quarterback events like this, but the police themselves have indicated that they may not have been prepared," he said. "I think these people . . . were allowed to go too far. I think there should've been more of an aggressive stance by the local and the state police."

Kerik, who in addition to running the NYPD also served as Iraq interim minister of interior and former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Envoy to Iraq, added:

"When you let [in] rebel rousers, and you let people engaged in violence . . . It's very dangerous to sit back and do nothing. We've seen that in Baltimore. We've seen it in other places.

"When the police sit back and do nothing you let these people do what they want. They injure people. They kill people. They destroy property. They commit to acts of violence that is against the law, and it shouldn't happen. So, I think the police probably had learned their lesson in this case.

"But I also think the FBI, the Department of Justice in this civil rights investigation, they've got to look at both sides. These people are lunatics. Personally, and this is me, my personal opinion, there are lunatics on both sides."

Kerik said he had no objections to peaceful protests.

"You want to go out there and protest, it's your right to do so by law," he said. "But the second you engage in violence and do something that's criminal, these hate crimes – you had a guy run people down in a crowd with a car, this is criminal conduct.

"I think the attorney general has to be aggressive. I think they've got to go after these people. They've got to go after the groups, and they have to go after the people sponsoring the groups, the people that pay for these.

"You know some of these protesters get paid by the hour to go to these things. Who's doing that? There's a conspiracy to get these people in these positions. Who's doing that? Hold them accountable and lock them up."

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Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV on Tuesday both the racist groups who participated in Saturday's deadly Charlottesville rally, as well as the counter-protestors who clashed with them, must be investigated by the feds because "there are lunatics on both sides."
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