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Bill Maher slams Washington cops who shot man running away: ‘Like shooting a dog in the street’

On his HBO show Real Time this week, Bill Maher spoke out about the horrific police shooting in Pasco, Washington this Friday, where cops shot dead a man who was running away with his hands up.

On his HBO show Real Time this week, Bill Maher spoke out about the horrific police shooting in Pasco, Washington this Friday, where cops shot dead a man who was running away with his hands up.

“Tell me why that is not cowardly. Why is that not cowardly?” Maher said. “Yeah, throwing rocks, not a cool thing. But then he’s running away. Even if he was throwing rocks at the time — really? You’ve gotta shoot him?”

According to police, 35 year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes was hurling rocks at the police officers before they killed him. Video of the incident has been going viral, sparking outrage and protests – even from the Mexican government.

“That is just straight-up shooting a guy in the street like a dog,” Maher continued. “We keep saying most cops are good, and I believe that; I’ve known a lot of good cops. But there is something systemically wrong here.”

One of Maher’s guests, Author Baratunde Thurston, noted that just as people expect Muslims to speak out and denounce acts of terror, more cops should come forward and denounce police shootings that are unjustified.

“To take that analogy a bit further, how much bad sh*t has to happen before people admit it’s something systemic in the culture?” Maher responded. “The police culture needs a Page One rewrite. I don’t know if it’s retraining, rethinking, releadership. But something has to change where they think they can get away with doing it.”

Watch the exchange in the video below, via Mediaite:

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  1. philipbrett

    February 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Bill Maher is s moron. If you throw rocks that’s a felony if you get your head blown off congratulations. If you want to fight cops you’re going to lose and it’s no joke. Next time wear full body armor have some automatics and some grenades, you’ll still die but you’ll be better able to hurt or kill some cops if that is what you are hell bent on doing. I like the way Bill Maher who really is just exploiting the event for entertainment calls the cops cowards like as if they should have challenged him to a boxing match winner take all. There are real serious cases of police brutality every day. This is b.s.

  2. Jeb

    February 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Police departments need to stop hiring ex GI’s who are only trained to KILL!

  3. jjb

    February 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    You kill somebody because they throw rocks at you? What’s next kill somebody because they insult you? Pure police punks!

  4. philipbrett

    February 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Hey you want to act like throwing a rock isn’t assault with a deadly weapon, you act like that. You want to believe it and you’re an idiot. Let me wing some rocks at you and hit you in the head a few times wisen you up.

  5. Reader X

    February 17, 2015 at 1:38 am

    We must stop police from killing hundreds of citizens every year. It’s out of control.

    Other countries have figured out how to police without murdering people left and right. Surely, we can learn the same.

    A badge should not be a license to kill.

  6. philipbrett

    February 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Other countries don’t have the huge population of violent scum that we have here.

  7. mmcanuck

    February 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    or the amount of guns that the USA has….yeah, that is the problem and unfortunately, it’s not going away. You wanted the guns…that’s what you end up with….paranoid police thinking everyone is out to shoot you and toddler’s shooting their mom’s with loaded guns from her own purse.

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