According to a college professor, “third world” policing has led to “state-sanctioned violence” against minorities.
The professor, Marlon James, spoke at a literary festival when he made the comparison. James went on to say he thinks police are above the law and comparable to the death squads in Argentina.
“What people like me find alarming is there is almost state-sanctioned violence in America, particularly with the police,” James said, according to Yahoo! News. “America has developed a weird kind of third world police, which horrifies people like me and my friends from Kenya or Nigeria.”
The Blaze reports:
James, a 45-year-old immigrant from Jamaica who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, said seeing police officers who feel they are above the law is “something that we who migrated to America thought we had got away from.” He said, though, many Americans have a hard time recognizing the validity of his point “because it is mostly a minority that is victimized by it.”
“This sort of unquestioned authority, straight up killing people is why Black Lives Matter happened,” James told the audience.
James is a professor of literature at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
(H/T: The Blaze)