Wednesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability”, former secret Service Agent Dan Bongino sparred with Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY) over the role of race in police brutality.
Jeffries had listed off some white men who were arrested with firearms, appearing to make “a racial thing out of it”, according to Bongino.
“Let’s review a few examples; in 2012, James Holmes entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and opened fire on an audience, killing 12 people and injuring 70. Holmes was heavily armed with a AR-15, 12 gauge shotgun, and a 40 caliber handgun. Yet, he was taken into police custody outside of the very same movie theater without incident. Mr. Bongino, James Holmes is white. Isn’t that correct?” Rep. Hakeem Jefferies asked.
“I’m not sure of his background,” Bongino replied. “I don’t know James Holmes personally.”
“He’s white,” Rep. Jeffries responded. “2014, Dylann Roof mascaraed 9 black parishioners at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston. Mr. Roof was heavily armed with a high powered glock, 45 caliber pistol, and 88 rounds. The police somehow arrested Dylann Roof without incident and even treated him to Burger King. Mr. Bongino, Dylann Roof is white, is that correct?”
“Yeah I don’t know where you are going with this,” Bongino replied, adding: “It was an awful thing he did, whether he was white or black. I’m not sure where you’re going with this.” Continued Below
Jeffries told Bongino that Dylann Roof is “white”, to which Bongino expressed: “He’s awful”.
After Jeffries read off another example, Bongino said, “I don’t know why you’re making a racial thing out of it.”
“Because black lives matter, sir.” Jeffries said to Bongino. Video Below
“All lives matter, sir,” Bongino fired back. “Every single life matters. White, black, Asian, or otherwise.”
When Jeffries tried to clarify, Bongino informed the New York Democratic Congressman, “I arrested those people, sir. You didn’t.”
This moment from @RepJeffries going after @dbongino is absurd. He repeatedly brings up white terrorists and their skin color and when pressed by Dan on why he's making it racial, Jeffries says "Black Lives Matter."
Dan has to remind him: "I arrested those people, you did not." pic.twitter.com/lG6pENHJ9q
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 10, 2020
We leave you with Bongino’s opening statement during the hearing:
Ask a spouse of a police officer why the sound of velcro at night is the greatest sound in the world –– then you will have a tiny idea of what it's like to wear the uniform.
The battle over law & order is not one our society can afford to lose.
My opening statement to Congress: pic.twitter.com/M28SLXJd5h
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 10, 2020