Former Obama adviser and MSNBC political analyst David Axelrod said on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” Monday that the “chief provocation” of cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley was a video of “an unarmed man being choked to death,” not protesters or New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
To suggest that it has been the protests or the mayor’s words and not a videotape of an unarmed man being choked to death by police officers, as the chief provocation for the protest and the act that we saw, is really unfair and untoward. We need to confront these issues. The police need us to confront these issues, the community need to confront these issues, which as I pointed out have been long standing. And to politicize them is unfortunate, I think.