SNL Cold Open Takes Aim at Eric Garner Decision

SNL's standard political cold open focused on the Eric Garner decision this week, and hammered home how astoundingly off-base the jury verdict seemed for much of the country.


In his recurring role as Al Sharpton, host on MSNBC’s "Political Nation," SNL’s Keenan Thompson asked rhetorically, “I mean, what does a man have to do to be put on trial?

Sharpton then declared, “This is not a whodunnit. This is a he did it!”

Bobby Moynihan appeared in the sketch as “Peter DiNello, deputy spokesman for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.”

Asked by Sharpton’s character what it takes for a police officer to be indicted for homicide, DiNello flatly answers, “The victim must not be resisting arrest. It’s best if he’s sleeping. And it helps if he’s white.”

Check out the video below to watch the skit in its entirety. 

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