Queen Latifah on Recent Police Shootings: 'This Goes Wherever I Go'

Queen Latifah in 2016
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Queen Latifah at ArcLight Hollywood on March 9, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Queen Latifah, the hip-hop veteran behind the 1994 single "U.N.I.T.Y.," also preached the same message during a recent visit to the Today show.

When asked about the recent police shootings that took place this week, the New Jersey rapper/actor/producer offered, "I'm almost at a loss for words with this situation. This goes wherever I go ... I'm Queen Latifah but I'm black wherever I go. I deal with the same experiences that other people deal with. I'm also the daughter of a cop, I'm also the sister of a cop, a cousin of cops and the niece of cops ... I don't want the guns turned on cops no more than I want the guns turned on us."

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She continues, "It's really time to stop playing around with this and lying to ourselves and acting like everything is cool and everyone is perfect. It's time to make an example out of someone, as far as I'm concerned, who is a police officer 'cause there's no way all these things can happen and there's no guilty police officers." 

Latifah went on to clarify her comments, adding that, "no one is really brought to justice at the end of the day. By the time it's all said and done, the police officers usually walk. What it does is leave us feeling empty and feeling hurt and feeling like we have no recompense and that it's gonna happen again." She also said, "If we get real about it, we can deal with it."

Watch the full interview clip below. 

Billboard has reached out to Queen Latifah for additional comment. 



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