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Gayle King: It feels like ‘open season’ on black men after racial incidents

“CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King was visibly shaken on-air Tuesday after viewing footage of two racially charged incidents that occurred over the weekend. Video of the primary, by which Amy Cooper, a white lady calls police falsely claiming {that a} black man, Christian Cooper, was threatening her life, went viral, sparking outrage on social media on Memorial Day Christian Cooper had requested her to leash her canine in an space of Central Park the place canine are required to be on leash.

Within the video, Amy Cooper is seen telling police “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” Christian Cooper, who had been filming the incident on his telephone, didn’t seem to make any threatening strikes towards Amy Cooper. King additionally was upset about the way in which Amy Cooper was treating her canine as she struggled to carry on to the animal, yanking it by its collar.

The opposite video concerned a case in Minneapolis by which a black man died following his arrest on suspicion of forgery. A portion of the video reveals the person being held down by a police officer who’s urgent his knee down on the person’s neck. The person may be heard telling police “I can’t breathe.” The person misplaced consciousness and later died.

CBS’ Vladimir Duthiers confirmed the Central Park video in his report, noting how “all through American historical past there have been innumerable examples of African Individuals falsely accused who’ve been imprisoned, shot, lynched.” He added that he “[shuddered] to suppose what would have occurred had Mr. Cooper not been filming.”

“As soon as once more I say thank goodness that there’s videotape,” stated King after viewing the footage. “Because the daughter of a black man and the mom of a black man, that is actually an excessive amount of for me as we speak.”

“I’m nonetheless rattled by this final story and he or she’s virtually strangling her canine to make these false accusations towards one other black man,” she continued, referencing the Minneapolis incident as nicely. “I’m nonetheless so upset by that final story the place the person is handcuffed beneath a automobile the place persons are pleading he can’t breathe and we’re watching a person die.”

“So we go from that story to this story, the place she falsely accuses a black man on tv,” continued King. “I don’t even know what to do or learn how to deal with this at this explicit time. I do know that that is … I’m speechless. I’m actually, actually speechless about what we’re seeing in tv this morning. It feels to me like an open season and it’s not typically a secure place to be on this nation for black men and as we speak it’s an excessive amount of for me.”

Amy Cooper instructed CNN Tuesday that she wished to “publicly apologize to everybody.”

“I’m not a racist. I didn’t imply to hurt that man in any method,” she stated, including that she additionally didn’t imply any hurt to the African American group. Her employer Franklin Templeton funding advisors has positioned Cooper on depart pending an investigation.

You possibly can watch the total report on “CBS This Morning.” King’s response begins on the 1:50 mark.

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