State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha not only refused Monday to apologize for anti-police remarks he made during a committee meeting, he turned on his critics in the Unicameral.
Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha took to the legislative floor for a third day Monday, commenting on Chambers’ controversial remarks. [see previous story]
“I think it’s reprehensible and our law enforcement and the people of Nebraska deserve an apology,” McCoy stated.
Chambers did much more than reject the suggestion.
“With a quote from Santa Claus: ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho,” Chambers chortled loudly, “It’s the funniest, silliest, most childish, asinine, juvenile mess of rubbish that I’ve heard since I’ve been in the legislature.”
Chambers compared police to the Islamic State and stated that if he were to carry a weapon and were confronted by police he would shoot first and ask questions later. During a series of monologues delivered during debate on Monday, Chambers claimed he was using an analogy and implied that his fellow legislators weren’t intelligent enough to know it.
Chambers also claimed no youth in his legislative district would conclude Chambers is telling them it is alright to shoot police officers.
“See, I forget I’m not talking to the intelligent children in my district, I’m dealing with unintelligent children in this chamber,” Chambers stated.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]
AUDIO: Sen. Ernie Chambers initial response during Monday’s legislative debate. [5 min.]