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Maher: Walter Scott Shooting Shows Police Problem Is More Than a Few Bad Apples

Bill Maher tonight tackled the tragic shooting of Walter Scott and said it’s pretty clear-cut evidence that there is a problem with police culture and it needs to change.

What disturbed Maher most about the video of Officer Michael Slager shooting Scott is how “routine and nonchalant” it feels. Fareed Zakaria brought up underreported stats on these kind of shootings, while Christina Bellantoni talked about how cameras on phones have helped the conversation in so many ways.

Maher and Ross Douthat went back-and-forth a bit about a new Republican focus on criminal justice reform. Maher said the right “definitely thinks racism is over in America” and brought up the issue of gun culture, before saying that police culture needs to change.

He acknowledged the idea that a lot of cops are good, but seeing the Scott video made it very clear that it’s not just a few bad apples, “there’s something wrong with the whole barrel.”

Watch the video below, via HBO:

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