A Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he’d shoot a cop if only he had a weapon.
“My ISIS is the police,” Chambers, an independent, said, adding police can get away with shooting people if they “think” they’re going to do something — like pull a weapon.
“The police are licensed to kill us — children, old people,” he said.
“If I was going to carry a weapon, it wouldn’t be against you, it wouldn’t be against these people who come here that I might have a dispute with. Mine would be for the police,” he said. “And if I carried a gun I’d want to shoot him first and then ask questions later, like they say the cop ought to do.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has called for Chambers to issue a public apology following the controversial comments. Ricketts called the comments, “unacceptable” and tweeted his support for law enforcement. He encourages Nebraskans to tweet their support as well.
While many have defended Chambers right to free speech, several others have called on Chambers to resign. Mayor Jean Stothert’s office released the following statement:
“Senator Chambers’ attack on police officers shows total disregard for public safety. Why would any elected official state if he had a gun he would shoot a police officer? The Senator should be looking for ways to improve public safety, not comparing police officers to terrorists. He owes an apology not only to Omaha Police Officers but to every citizen of Omaha.”
Attorney General Doug Peterson issued the following statement Wednesday night, “Senator Chambers recent comments comparing local police officers to “his ISIS….” and that he would shoot a police officer and ask questions later, are absolutely the most offensive statement I have ever heard made by a public official. Law enforcement officers put their life on the line every day to protect all of us. Both the officers and their families deserve our utmost respect, appreciation and support. They also deserve an apology from Chambers.”
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