Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck Suggests Sandra Bland's Lit Cigarette Could Have Justified Police Conduct

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From the July 27 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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HASSELBECK: It's tense to watch. Where would you say he went over the line, if at all?

RAFFERTY: Well, his own deployment obviously put him on administrative duty. They've already recognized he stepped over the line. When you take somebody out of the car it has to be that you have to feel your personal safety is in danger. It appears, obviously, he took this too personal. When she didn't put out the cigarette, now all of a sudden you're taking her out of the car. These, these cameras that the officers are wearing -- you live and die by what you say with this. It appears, looking at this, because she didn't put out the cigarette next thinghe knows, he's asking the person to step out of the vehicle. You can't take it personal. It's the job.

HASSELBECK: But, what if, I mean, there are times, I'm sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer, maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him.

RAFFERTY: Absolutely.

HASSELBECK: If he indeed felt it could be a potential threat, was that the wise thing to do?

RAFFERTY: I think because you know, you have to know you're being recorded -- you have to say, "Listen I need you to step out to sign this warning." I wouldn't want somebody stepping out with a cigarette. I mean, I've had a cigarette tried to be -- I've had somebody try to put a cigarette out on me. It happens. I guarantee, you speak to many cops out there. But the way you say it, unfortunately you're locked into it. Because now, it's being recorded. Unfortunately, these officers have to remember that.

Previously:

Megyn Kelly On Sandra Bland Case: "Even If You Know The Cop Is In The Wrong, Comply And Complain Later"

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