During a recent appearance on The Morning Show with Preston Scott, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil addressed current events and specifically addressed a national narrative that white police officers are indiscriminately killing black citizens.
On the protests, McNeil confirmed statements made by Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell earlier in the week related to agitators among protestors and the placement of material around town that could be used for violent purposes.
McNeil said that his officers did find materials “squirreled away.”
McNeil was also complementary of leaders of the protests who diverted attempts to turn the protests violent.
Scott asked McNeil about the ongoing narrative that white cops are singling out black citizens for brutality.
Scott stated, “I’m gonna ask you a very direct question….do you believe that white law enforcement officers in Leon County and Tallahassee single out blacks to harass or to target for brutality or to target to kill?”
Sheriff McNeil said, “No, no absolutely not…That is absurd.”
McNeil continued, “the fact of the matter is when you get bad cops they come in all races and colors and genders. Its the individual it’s not any group. I have been doing this for forty years. I have seen some great cops of all types and again Preston, this a profession I dedicated my life to..if that was the case I would not be in the profession I am in…..No its absurd. I don’t know who makes those kind of accusations. Its absolutely uncalled for and not backed up by any data or any research that would support that.”
McNeil also said, “I offer citizens to come and look at our use of force policy, but I have not been taken up by anybody I offer it to. You will find we do not have choke holds, we do not have situations where we are indiscriminately shooting people none of that is in our policies and none of our people, I can’t say none, but in a global sense only a fraction of our people are involved in that kind of behavior…What I hope happens is that we truly have a dialogue moving forward talking about how we police our community.”