A black man from Washington, D.C., named Keenan Anderson resisted arrest while visiting Los Angeles. To subdue him, Los Angeles police officers tased him several times. He later died of cardiac arrest at a hospital. He was also a cousin of Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors.

NPR wrote: “According to the accompanying police statement, an LAPD officer, whose name has not yet been released, first encountered Anderson at 3:38 p.m. PT on Jan. 3, when Anderson flagged him down for help with a traffic collision. The officer found Anderson ‘running in the middle of the street and exhibiting erratic behavior.’… Others involved in the collision said Anderson had caused it, (Los Angeles Police Chief Michel) Moore said during a news conference Wednesday. Moore also said that Anderson had committed a felony hit-and-run and that another person involved in the collision said Anderson tried to steal a vehicle.”

Some use of force experts say he posed no threat and the use of taser and amount of force “seemed excessive.” As usual, the media highlighted the suspect’s race, implying that he would have been treated differently had he not been black.

A few days after Anderson’s death, I watched an interview on the Los Angeles Times channel conducted by an anchor/host Alex Cohen. She interviewed Democratic California Assemblyman Isaac Bryan, who is black. Bryan suggested the police mistreated Keenan Anderson, and that the alleged mistreatment was due to his race. He also talked about the problems in the black community, which he insisted required more government spending.

I wrote Cohen immediately after the interview:

“Saw your interview with Assemblyman Bryan. Did you ask him why Keenan Anderson did not comply and that he would still be alive had he done so? Did you point out that at least one of the officers involved in trying to subdue him is black? The LAPD reflects the diversity of Los Angeles, with about the same (or slightly higher) percentage of sworn officers who are Hispanic, black, or Asian as is the population of the city.

“Yet the implication in your interview is that the LAPD is systemically racist. Why did you let your guest get away with implying that whatever happened to Anderson had to do with Anderson’s race? Even in the case of George Floyd, the lead prosecutor, who was black, never argued that Derek Chauvin was motivated by George Floyd’s race. Indeed in the prosecutor’s opening statement, he said neither the police, in general, nor the Minneapolis police, in general, were not on trial. He said this individual officer was on trial. And Chauvin was never charged with a hate crime. However you feel about Chauvin’s behavior there is no evidence Floyd’s race influenced the cop’s actions.

“Not one word about personal responsibility? Not one word about fatherlessness in the black community, which is, by far, the number one issue? Not one word about school choice? We spend more money on healthcare, welfare, education and homelessness than ever before. Did you ask him why California is just 6.5% black, yet blacks are 40% of the California’s homeless? Did you ask him why black male teens are nine times more likely to commit murders than white teens, and that the murdered young black man is almost always killed by another young black man? By the way, the police kill more unarmed whites every year than unarmed blacks.”

She responded:

“Though I’m the host, I don’t make the guest choices. That falls to our Executive Producer. I’ve actually suggested having you on quite a bit but those decisions are above my pay grade.”

I replied: “You certainly have control over the questions you ask and whether you push back on your guest’s ‘blacks are victims of racism narrative’ that you accepted without challenge. It’s hard to understand why you didn’t ask the assemblyman, ‘Would this whole thing have turned out differently had Keenan Anderson simply complied?'”

As of right now, no response to my response.

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Roger Collier
4 months ago

Very good Larry I like the way you ask and they can’t back it up because they know you speak the Truth! Keep it up.

4 months ago

Police department has there hands tied when someone resist and the officer try to get control of the person right away it’s Racist. I wouldn’t want to be a Police officer especially in California.

Dale Coffman
4 months ago

Thank you, Larry. I would like to see you run for governor again, this time with a full campaign and debates.

Sandy L
4 months ago

the truth hurts and it’s not what a lot of people want to hear

4 months ago
Reply to  Sandy L

SL – that is particularly true when the ‘answers’ would NOT further the ‘systemic racism’ narrative that is constantly being foisted on us.

Gus Richards
4 months ago
Reply to  Sandy L

The very first thing out of the mouths of the blacks was what ever it was that took place the cops acted like they did because they are racist. That excuse is getting worn out so they really need to come up with something new. It’s funny how 13% of our population can manage to cause so much trouble for the other 87% of the population. Do they ever stop to think that they wouldn’t have such a hard time if they would only follow the laws? Breaking the law is most likely why they account for the highest percentage of the jail and prison population. Every day they prove just how bad Lincoln screwed up with his stupid emancipation speech. The taxpayers have been taking care of them ever since.

4 months ago

I wonder if as much media coverage would have been given had he been a Caucasian? I no longer use white because I am not white. I no longer use the word black because many people of color are far from black. We are a homogenous nation and it is time we start acting like one. it is government that labels us, dividing us in ever smaller groups. I have seen the accusations made about the man acting erratic. also about involvment in a hit and run and steeling a car. I want to know how the cop knew all this information as I have read in the artical he seemed to be trying to flag them down, not running away or acting with aggressive intent. When are we judged as guilty of anything by the color of our skin? We can see only one side because this man is dead. We do have other witnesses, but their statements are strangely absent. Will the findings of the investagation make the front page? I doubt it. ————- I, Grampa

1 month ago

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