Reggie Miller Slams NYPD Union Chief For Complaining About Police Treatment: 'Stop Killing Us and You Don't Have to Worry'

TNT analyst Reggie Miller has criticised the chief of a New York City Police Department union, who had slammed criticism of officers during the demonstrations that followed George Floyd's death.

The over-aggressive approach of a number of police departments in the U.S. and the perceived racial issues that affect some of them were again thrust into the spotlight after Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

Widespread protests calling for an end to police brutality and racial discrimination have been held across the country for the past two weeks.

Mike O' Meara, the president of the New York Association of Police Benevolent Associations, felt the protests only succeeded in treating officers "like thugs" and vilifying them.

"I am not Derek Chauvin—they are not him," O'Meara said at a press conference on Tuesday, referencing the Minneapolis Police Officer who was arrested and charged with murder after kneeling over Floyd for almost nine minutes while arresting him.

"He killed someone. We didn't. [...] The legislators, the press, everybody's trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our profession. Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect [....] We've been left out of the conversation, we've been vilified—it's disgusting."

Miller dismissed the plea and criticized O'Meara for lashing out and questioned whether any black policemen backed the union chief's stance—O'Meara held his press conference in front of a group of white officers.

"Cry me a river," the NBA Hall of Famer tweeted along with a clip of O'Meara talking to the press."

"You've been getting roasted for two weeks, now imagine the black and brown people their entire lives...Also are there any black cops in NYC that's support your whining rant, I just see a sea of white faces...Stop killing us and you don't have to worry."

CRY ME A RIVER... You’ve been getting roasted for 2 weeks, now imagine the black and brown people their entire lives.. Also are there any black cops in NYC that’s support your whining rant, I just see a sea of white faces.. Stop👏🏾killing👏🏾us👏🏾and👏🏾you👏🏾don’t👏🏾have👏🏾to👏🏾worry..

— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) June 10, 2020

Protesters have called for the police to be defunded, suggesting funds should be directed away from law enforcement and into more high-priority projects to ensure a comprehensive public safety approach.

The suggestion was swiftly rejected by President Donald Trump.

"They're saying 'defund the police,'" he said at an event in Maine on Monday. "Defund. Think of it. When I saw it, I said, 'What are you talking about?' 'We don't want to have any police,' they say. You don't want police?"

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has also distanced himself from calls to cut funds to police forces.

"As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded," Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement earlier this week.

"He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain."

While demands to defund the police may never come to pass, a number of police forces across the U.S. have announced drastic budget cuts.

Over the weekend, nine out of 13 councilors in Minneapolis voted in favor of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department to end the city's "toxic relationship" with the police and to "re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe."

A few days later, Teresa Mosqueda, the chair of Seattle's Council's Select Budget Committee, has called for Seattle Police Department to be dismantled and have its $400 million annual budget slashed in half.

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will divert funding away from its police force, although he did not offer a detailed figure.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week pledged to cut $150 million from the annual budget of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Reggie Miller during Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty