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Porsha Williams of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and activist and comedian W. Kamau Bell joined Andy Cohen for a special two-part episode of Watch What Happen Live with Andy Cohen to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in America. During the conversation, Porsha explained why she’s advocating for a drastic change.
“I actually want complete police reform. I want the system to be completely changed,” Porsha noted in the clip above. “The way it is set up right now, like say here in Atlanta… well, it may be the same in others, but I know our law… a policeman can say, ‘I actually felt my life was threatened.’ So at the end of the day, who is to say whether his life was threatened or not?”
Porsha continued to explain that the laws in Atlanta have created an unfair protection that favors police in cases of police brutality.
“That is why they always scream out loud into their microphones, whether there is a camera or not. ‘Be still! Stop resisting!’ Because at the end of the day, they are going to lean on that fact that they are given the benefit of the doubt being that they are in a job that is ‘high risk,’ that they can say, ‘My life was at risk and that is why I reacted in that way.’ You have to understand why these police are feeling like they can be this aggressive.”
At another point in the episode, Porsha explained, “We need to have some type of integrity unit, along with the police system to double check their investigations,” adding, “We also need to start monitoring, and if possible, we need to create a bill that these police people are not in the good ol’ boy days where they feel so protected and have this immunity. They have a true protective veil around them.”
The two-part Watch What Happens Live continues on Tuesday, June 9 at 10 p.m.
For the latest reporting on the Black Lives Matter protests from NBC News and MSNBC’s worldwide team of correspondents, including a live blog with minute-to-minute updates, visit NBCNews.com and NBCBLK.
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