The NBA legend addressed the grand jury’s decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson on Philadelphia’s 97.5 radio station last week.
“We have to be really careful with the cops man, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods. …We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad,” he said.
Barkley, who has long been outspoken both on and off the court, suggested that the media should do more to cover the “epidemic” of black-on-black crime, and wondered why protesters and looters want to destroy the city of Ferguson.
“There is no excuse for those people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning up police cars,” Barkley said. “That serves no purpose whatsoever.”