Last night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity discussed whether President Obama has “alienated police” because of his recent comments on the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. To investigate the issue, Hannity invited former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman.
Fuhrman is best-known for having been convicted of perjury stemming from his testimony on the witness stand in the O.J. Simpson murder trial when he lied about having made racist remarks in the past. Fuhrman was subsequently investigated by the L.A. Police Department and found in 1997 to have been allowed to “act out his prejudices’’ toward minorities and female cops while serving as a police officer.
Fuhrman declared “Sgt. Crowley has absolutely nothing to apologize for. Professor Gates has everything to apologize for. And the president should publicly apologize to Sgt. Crowley for his comments.” Fuhrman went on to tell Hannity that Gates “hindered” Crowley’s investigation, “challenged him, assumed he was racist solely because he was white,” and warned that’s how “riots start.” Hannity then asked whether Gates was guilty of racial profiling:
HANNITY: What does it say about Professor Gates? Is he the one that racially profiled here?
FUHRMAN: First, there’s no racial profiling. That’s the most — that’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard anybody say.
HANNITY: Did he have a racial predisposition?
FUHRMAN: He couldn’t have a racial predisposition unless somehow the radio gives him pictures of people before he gets there.
Fuhrman said on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes two years ago that the “people” he “dealt with…for 20 years” will “kill somebody and go have some chicken at KFC.”