ABC's Hostin warns masks could result in racial profiling, arrests: 'A real concern'

ABC's Hostin warns masks could result in racial profiling, arrests: 'A real concern'
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ABC's "The View" co-host Sunny HostinSunny HostinSunny Hostin responds to ABC exec's alleged 'racist' remarks about her Chris Wallace to 'The View': Trump had a 'very bad week' for his reelection prospects Chris Christie says US can't allow virus to control reopening timeline MORE on Friday expressed concern that new coronavirus-related guidelines that include wearing masks in public will lead to black men being racially profiled and arrested.

“Something that I have been thinking about, because you see all of these cases that have been coming up, especially about black men wearing masks and then being racially profiled and being pulled over and arrested," Hostin said.

"For black men or Latino men, I think there is a fear that if you follow the guidelines, which is wear a mask when you are outside," she added. "Will that lead to racial profiling? And so it’s a real concern in certain communities.”


The Trump administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 3 said all Americans should wear cloth face coverings while in public, and New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo calls on wealthy to return to New York City: 'You got to come back!' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Cuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair MORE (D) on Thursday mandated mask-wearing in some instances for his state, which became the center of the pandemic last month. 

Hostin also referenced a case in Florida that centered around a Miami police officer who video shows put a black doctor, Armen Henderson, in handcuffs outside his home last week as he tried to put supplies into his van in an effort to provide medical support to homeless people.

Henderson was wearing a medical mask at the time.

An investigation into the officer's action has since been launched, according to Miami's police chief.