Wolf: Law enforcement does not have 'systemic racism problem,' some officers 'abuse their jobs'

Wolf: Law enforcement does not have 'systemic racism problem,' some officers 'abuse their jobs'
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Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfHouse Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests Progressive Caucus co-chair: Reported oversight change in intelligence office 'seems a bit...fascist' Senior DHS official reassigned after office compiled intel reports on journalists, protesters MORE said Sunday that he doesn’t think there is a “systemic racism problem” among law enforcement across the U.S. after an unarmed black man, George Floyd, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

“This Week” host Martha Raddatz asked Wolf to respond to an Axios poll showing 77 percent of white people trust local police compared to 36 percent of African Americans.

“I do not think that we have a systemic racism problem with law enforcement officers across this country,” he said on the ABC show. “Do I acknowledge that there are some law enforcement officers that abuse their jobs? Yes.”

“I would say that there are individuals in every profession across this country that probably abuse their authority and their power,” he added. “We need to hold them accountable.”

He also said the accountability of these officers can “absolutely” be done better, but cautioned against generalizations.

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“I think there’s always things that we can do more but again, I think painting law enforcement with a broad brush of systemic racism is really a disservice to the men and women who put on the badge, the uniform every day,” he said. 

The death of Floyd after he was detained by police in Minneapolis last month sparked protests across the country that have continued into this week. 

Video footage has also circulated on social media appearing to show law enforcement officers allegedly mistreating demonstrators. Two Buffalo, N.Y. officers were shown shoving and injuring a white, elderly man, leading to their suspensions and charges of second-degree assault.