Method Man, founding member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan, appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to react to the Wednesday night shooting of two Ferguson, Missouri police officers.
Method Man, born Clifford Smith, said the FBI report on the killing of Michael Brown "played into" the shooting of the officers, adding "you reap what you sow."
"I hate to say that FBI report kind of played into this and these things shouldn't be happening, but you reap what you sow in a sense," Method Man said.
METHOD MAN: We're afraid of the police of what they can do and the power that we think that they wield as far as if something happens to me from a police officer, will it be covered up? Will there be justice for me, whatever? With the cops, we don't live in these neighborhoods, we just know what we see on television or what other people have told us. And we're just as frightened as these people, you know, but we have guns. And when you deal with human nature, human nature, not just this is an officer who's dealing with things professionally, he's still a human being. And when that fear kicks in, you never know what can happen.
I just made an analogy the other day about how someone can tap you on the shoulder, scare the mess out of you and your first reaction is to turn and smack them. Imagine if you have a gun in your hand? It's the same thing. Now, With this thing that happened in Ferguson just now with the two officers, sad, very sad. I hate to say that FBI report kind of played into this and these things shouldn't be happening, but you reap what you sow in a sense.
If that FBI report would have never came out and the scandal or whatever and how they're basically giving people -- paying the city by giving people tickets and things like that. That is incredibly insane but we knew this already, this is common knowledge in the ghetto. When they come in the hood -- I mean, guys used to sit out and drink beer in public, stuff like that, never a problem at times. But when they are trying to make quotas everybody sticks it in their pocket.