Police brutality in the United States is directly linked to the training some American officers receive in Israel, says a political commentator in Kentucky.
John Miranda made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday when asked about the death of an African American woman while in police custody.
Sandra Bland was found dead in a prison cell at the Waller County jail in Texas on July 13.
Miranda pointed to the circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest on July 10 by a Texas state trooper for failing to signal while changing lanes with her vehicle.
“That these people are being taken out of their cars is 100 percent illegal. The only reason a person should be taken out of their car is if the officer thinks some other crime or something illegal has happened, but obviously as we can all see from dashboard camera from Sandra Bland that this is not what happened,” he said.
Police said that an autopsy has confirmed an initial finding by a medical examiner that Bland’s death was a suicide.
However, Miranda said “the story that police gave to the press conference just does not add up.”
“As for the increase in police brutality within the United States,” Miranda said, “I think this definitely can be pointed towards the Israeli training that the Department of Homeland Security is giving all of American police officers.”
“This is not a myth, this is actually happening. I know this first-hand from friends of mine that are police officers,” he continued.
“Some police officers are actually being flown to Israel for the training, not all of them but some, and then those that are flown to Israel, they come back home and they train the head officers in the training that they’ve gotten in Israel,” he explained.
“All these incidents, it is not just happening to African Americans,” Miranda said. “Police are literally being brutal with all Americans.”
The deaths of Bland, as well as two others - Rexdale W. Henry and Kindra Chapman - who were both found dead in their prison cells a few days after they were arrested, are the latest in a series of suspicious police-involved incidents that have sparked protests in many cities across the US.