MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry More Afraid of Police Than Ebola, ISIS

By Melanie Arter | October 20, 2014 | 11:39am EDT

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry

( – In a segment of her self-titled MSNBC show on Oct. 12, Melissa Harris-Perry said she was more afraid of the police than Ebola or ISIS.

“At this point, I feel much more terror every time I see blue lights than when I think about Ebola or ISIS,” said Harris-Perry. “It feels to me – and it could be, not blue lights coming for me, but just anywhere on the street – I feel like, ‘Please God, don’t make me have to interact here,' because these videos make it feel like there is nothing that makes you safe."

In a segment called, “Debating the use of police force,” Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer, said the police should consider themselves peace officers, who only use force as a last resort.

“Some policemen are wearing out their welcome, because the community gets it. People understand it. They give the police this power, and it is up to the police as an institution, and they’ve done it in deadly force in a lot of places. They have to rein this in, and they have to make sure that they’re perceived as being fair, and also again force as a last resort and de-escalation and being a peace officer,” he said.

“Otherwise, people are going to lose faith,” O’Donnell added.

“That issue of losing the community and people losing faith. I feel like, Amen, I am there,” Harris-Perry said.

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