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Rudy Giuliani: Police Save More Black Lives Than 'Black Lives Matter'

In the aftermath of the Dallas police shooting on Thursday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani contrasted the efforts of police with the efforts of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, saying that cops save more black lives than protesters.

“The reason that there’s a target on police officers’ backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter,” Giuliani said on MSNBC on Friday. Such groups, he argued, “make it seem like all police are against blacks.”

“They’re not!” Giuliani explained. “They’re the ones saving black lives. Black Lives Matter is not saving any black lives, it’s the police officers who are doing it.”

Giuliani became famous for hiring a new police commissioner for New York City, William Bratton, who applied the Broken Windows theory of urban decay, which holds that minor crimes create a permissive atmosphere leading to further and more serious crimes. He was widely credited for major improvements in the city’s quality of life, and for lowering the rate of violent crimes.

This tough-on-crime popularity led Giuliani to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2008, but he withdrew to support the eventual nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain.

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After these comments, Giuliani’s name trended on Twitter, as Black Lives Matter advocates expressed their outrage.

Some had more reasoned responses.

Giuliani also made news recently by criticizing the decision of FBI Director James Comey to reccomend no charges in the case of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.