Daily Host Trevor Noah called out inaction on police brutality in the wake of this week's fatal shootings of two black men by police, exploring this serious subject with a dash of his trademark humor.
Philando Castile, 32, was killed in the front seat of a car in Falcon Heights, Minn., during a traffic stop Wednesday, and Alton Sterling, 37, was killed by police who pinned him down outside a gas station in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. Graphic video footage compiled by witnesses was available in both instances, showing the shooting in Sterling's case and its aftermath in Castile's case. But video in these and other cases never seems to be enough to spur action, Noah said.
"You can't deny the racism," he added, explaining that a police department in Nevada had admitted it had a problem with abuses and was able to bring down officer-involved shootings by 30 percent.
He noted that contrary to stereotypical thinking, it's possible to be supportive of both black Americans and police (while seeking to end abuses of police power). He allowed that would mean, conversely, that one could be against both police and African-Americans, but most likely no one is, except Mel Gibson.
Noah also called "bullshit" on statements from Baton Rouge police claiming body cameras worn by officers had become "dislodged" and unable to record the Sterling shooting.
"Has it gotten so bad that even the camera can't be a part of this?" Noah asked sarcastically.