Chris Cuomo Says Reform Won't Happen Until Police Kill 'White People's Kids'

CNN host Chris Cuomo said on Friday that reform to policing methods in the U.S. will only come if the children of white people are killed by police officers. His comments came amid protests about recent shooting deaths.

The Cuomo Prime Time host criticized the slow pace of reforms to the police and told his white viewers that if it were their children dying, change would come much faster.

"How many more?" Cuomo asked. "Die of the pandemic, dying from police shootings. George Floyd, Daunte Wright. I wonder if you'll remember their names six months from now because they'll be replaced by so many others."

Cuomo mockingly referenced reactions to police shootings that focused on criticism of the victims.

"Why do that? Because you wanna make the problem them," he said. "Takes the onus off the idea that you're wrong about policing needing to change."

"Forget that police are trained to deal with non-compliance with force that is not lethal. Hey, comply or die," Cuomo said sarcastically.

"And you know what the answer is. You really do. You don't like it, I don't like it, it scares me," he said. "Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they'll change. Your kids start getting killed, white people's kids start getting killed."

"Smoking that doobie that's legal probably in your state now but they don't know what it was and the kid runs and then pop pop pop pop," he said, referring to gunfire. He suggested that if the victim was white, the attitude would be different.

"Those start piling up? What is going on with these police? Maybe we shouldn't even have police," he said in mocking imitation of white people's reaction. "That kind of mania, that kind of madness, that'll be you. That'll be the majority because it's your people."

"See, now Black people start getting all guns, forming militias, protect themselves, can't trust the deep state," he said. "You'll see a wave of change in access and accountability. We saw it in the 1960s. That's when it changes because that's when it's you."

"We pretend that we're not just seeing same lying and lack of leading, and bleeding and death and pain," Cuomo went on. "New news, name faces, new places—same problems. You know it, I know it. You know that I know."

Cuomo made a call for unity on the issue of police reform, saying: "Us and them, us and them. There's never a solution that doesn't begin with we. We, the people."

CNN Host Chris Cuomo in 2019
SiriusXM's Chris Cuomo hosts a bipartisan conversation with former Governors Christine Todd Whitman and Jennifer Granholm at the SiriusXM Studios on June 18, 2019 in New York City. Cuomo told his CNN audience on Friday that unity was necessary to solve police shootings. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM