- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2020

NBA legend Charles Barkley is calling for police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s killing but acknowledged that “most of the cops do a fantastic job” and that defunding them would be a mistake.

The TNT analyst appeared on CNN’s “Situation Room” Tuesday to address a range of issues including the “defund the police” movement that arose from the nationwide violence and protests following the May 25 death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee to the neck for nearly nine minutes.

“We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform,” Mr. Barkley said. “Everybody should be on board for that, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or a liberal.”

Mr. Barkley slammed Democrats and Republicans alike for failing to address police reform and said it should be their first priority right now.

“This is just about humanity,” Mr. Barkley said. “To see a grown man die before our eyes. If you’re not upset by that, there’s something wrong with you.”

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