HIP HOP legend, founding member of The WU-TANG CLAN, and one-half of duo METHOD MAN & REDMAN - Rapper/Producer/Actor CLIFFORD "METHOD MAN" SMITH made headlines when he spoke out during the aftermath of the Police Death by Asphyxiation of unarmed 34-year-old STATEN ISLAND-resident ERIC GARNER!!!
Now, he’s speaking out about the ongoing unrest and police tensions in FERGUSON, MO, following the resignation of FERGUSON PLOICE Chief THOMAS JACKSON and the shooting of two police officers during a rally early Thursday morning.
Friday morning, METHOD MAN appeared on MSNBC morning show, NEWSNATION With TAMRON HALL.
During his conversation with Host TAMRON HALL, the 44-year-old LONG ISLAND/STATEN ISLAND-native GRAMMY winner talks about the officer involved death of his friend Ernest Sayon and recalls his own encounters with police.
METHOD MAN said;
“being a youth in the hood, I would be harassed. Illegal searches - the works.” But he also acknowledges that “there are great cops out there” that “go above and beyond the call of duty.”
Although relations between communities and those in authority have improved throughout the years, there is still an adversarial relationship between some police officers and some in minority communities - black and brown specifically.
METHOD MAN says;
“a lot of that has to do with the communication barriers,” and suggests that “there should be some type of forum for both sides to speak to each other, so there can be some type of understanding.”
At the end of the day, why are relationships with the police so strained and why are tensions so high?
METHOD MAN suggests;
“it’s all about fear on both sides." The community he said are “afraid of the police, what they can do and the power that they’ve willed.” On the other hand, police officers are “just as frightened as [we are], but [have] guns.” He points out however, that when it comes down to human nature, we must keep in mind an officer is “still a human being” and “when that fear kicks in, you never know what can happen.”-CCG