'Supervised by a single Black woman': Jason Whitlock attempts to blame Memphis police chief for Tyre Nichols' death

'Supervised by a single Black woman': Jason Whitlock attempts to blame Memphis police chief for Tyre Nichols' death
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In the wake of the Memphis Police Department's release of harrowing footage of the series of events that led to the death of Tyre Nichols, conservative Jason Whitlock is attempting to place blame elsewhere despite five police officers facing charges for their involvement.

During Friday night's segment of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Whitlock attempted to connect the issue to the identity of the Memphis police chief Cerelyn Davis.

"There is a racial element," Whitlock claimed. "And this is a story about young Black men and their inability to treat each other in a humane way. Everybody involved in this on the street level was either 24 to 32 years old. Everybody. It was a group of young Black men, five-on-one. Looked like gang violence to me."

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Whitlock went on to argue that the Black officers' actions are a result of them being supervised by a Black woman as he criticized the city's police chief. He also likened the situation to the disparities that might be seen in aspects where single mothers are in leadership.

"It looked like what young Black men do when they’re supervised by a single Black woman," he said, adding, "And that’s what they got going on in the Memphis Police Department. They’ve elected some, or put some Black woman in charge of the police force, and we are getting the same kind of chaos and disunity and violence that we see in a lot of these cities run by single mothers."

If we want to discuss the breakdown of family that leads to disrespect for authority that causes you to resist the police and run from the police and not comply with the police, because you resist authority at all times, because there was no male authority in your home, let’s have that discussion."

Despite Whitlock's claims, Mediaite's Michael Luciano pushed back with an argument refuting the baseless assessment.

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"Aside from the wrongness of blaming Nichols’ death on the police chief’s status as a 'single Black woman,' Chief Cerelyn Davis is actually married to a retired law enforcement officer and has one daughter, according to her bio on the Memphis Police Department website," Luciano wrote.

However, Carlson appeared to simply agree with Whitlock as he complimented him on his perspective.

“You’ve been on the show so many times,” Carlson told Whitlock. “And every single time you say something I never would’ve thought of, including what you just said, and I appreciate it.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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