The phrase first made headlines when Miami Police Chief Walter Headley uttered it in a 1967 speech outlining his department’s efforts to “combat young hoodlums who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign.”
The same words were used by then-Miami police chief Walter Headley in 1967. Headley was known for cracking down on communities of color with policing policies like stop-and-frisk and his use of patrol dogs.
@realDonaldTrump Who said "When the looting starts, the shooting starts "? Miami police chief Walter Headley, in 1967, as he alleged that "85 percent of all violent crimes involve Negroes " and "There seems to be a press policy against saying a Negro has committed a crime. "
Trump’s statement “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” was first uttered in 1967 by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley whose harsh policies sparked days of racial violence.