• Actor Chris Rock joins New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Rosie Perez at a press conference. (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
"I don’t think they pay cops enough," Rock quips in the video. "And you get what you pay for."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

1 Jun 2020 - 3:36 PM  UPDATED 1 Jun 2020 - 3:37 PM

A clip from Chris Rock's 2018 Netflix special Tamborine has resurfaced on social media, offering the comedian's take on police brutality against black people in the United States.

"I don’t think they pay cops enough," Rock, who last week joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his daily press briefing, quips in the video.

"And you get what you pay for. Here’s the thing, man. Whenever the cops gun down an innocent black man, they always say the same thing: 'Well, it’s not most cops. It’s just a few bad apples. It’s just a few bad apples.'"

Rock continued: "Bad apple? That’s a lovely name for murderer. That almost sounds nice. I’ve had a bad apple. It was tart, but it didn’t choke me out. Here’s the thing. Here’s the thing. I know being a cop is hard. I know that shit’s dangerous. I know it is, okay? But some jobs can’t have bad apples."

"Some jobs, everybody gotta be good. Like … pilots. Ya know, American Airlines can’t be like, 'Most of our pilots like to land. We just got a few bad apples that like to crash into mountains. Please bear with us.'"

"Chris Rock is a genius," the Twitter user who shared the clip wrote.

"This joke will forever be relevant."

"So true," another viewer commented. "You can’t afford bad apples in some occupations/professions."

Curfews are now in place across 20 US states, with authorities attempting to contain anti-racism protests entering their sixth consecutive evening.

Thousands of National Guard troops have been unleashed on major US cities as demonstrators continue to take to the streets following the death of African American man George Floyd during his arrest by Minneapolis police.

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