On Wednesday, comedian D.L. Hughley stopped by The View to talk about his new book, How Not to Get Shot.
The book, subtitled “And Other Advice From White People,” is a satire of sorts, and one topic he tackles is police brutality against people of color.
He told The View, “The murder of black people at the hands of people of authority has always happened. And police are doing what they have always done.”
Hughley dedicated the book to his 29-year-old son, Kyle. Author dedications to family members are a dime a dozen, but this one is especially significant. He explained to View co-host Sunny Hostin, “My son is a young black man who has Asperger’s syndrome. The people that get shot most by police are people that are mentally or emotionally disturbed. You’re going to take my son away because he didn’t understand something?”
Last month, Hughley got emotional in an interview with Oprah’s OWN network while talking about his fears over his son’s defiant streak — and how it could potentially be fatal in an encounter with police.
Back on The View, Hughley further explained what he’s taught Kyle if he ever encounters the police. “I tell him to be respectful,” Hughley said. “I tell him, if he doesn’t understand what they’re saying, [say] ‘Officer, I’m not trying to be disrespectful to you. Call my father.’”
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