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November 24th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Political commentator: We should hold police to a higher standard than gang members

(CNN) – There are growing fears in Ferguson, Missouri, that if Officer Darren Wilson is not charged in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, the tensions that have been simmering for months are bound to boil over.

Talking about Ferguson and the disproportionate number of white police officers on the force in predominately black communities, former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani told NBC Sunday: "93% of blacks are killed by other blacks."

"I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this," Guiliani continued.

"Ninety per cent of blacks are killed by blacks, and 8y% of whites are killed by whites, that is not the point," said CNN political commentator Van Jones.

"People are concerned about violence on both sides. But we should be able to hold police to a higher standard than we hold gang members, and that is not happening too often in America," Jones said.

"It feels like a red herring to me," said CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill said of Guiliani's comments. "It also mischaracterizes the position of people in Ferguson and around the country."

For more analysis from political commentators Van Jones Marc Lamont Hill, check out the video above.

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