Michael Brown Shooting: Controversial Remarks Fly During Ferguson Protests

  @ThisIsPRop.ross@ibtimes.com on August 15 2014 3:06 PM
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    Police officers watch as demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014. Police said Brown, 18, was shot in a struggle with a gun in a police car but have not said why Brown was in the car. At least one shot was fired during the struggle and then the officer fired more shots before leaving the car, police said. But a witness to the shooting interviewed on local media has said that Brown had been putting his hands up to surrender when he was killed. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the racially charged case and St. Louis County also is investigating. Reuters
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    Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown as officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri August 15, 2014. The briefing was held near a QuikTrip convenience store that had been burned amid protests over the shooting of Brown, 18, last Saturday. Reuters
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    Congressman Steve King speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. Reuters
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Conflict brings out the worst in people, including the words they choose. As tense as the events in Ferguson, Missouri, have been this past week over the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, some of the most jarring moments occurred away from the action in the form of divisive commentary from politicians, journalists and TV personalities. Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a police officer on Saturday.

Here are some of the more controversial remarks made over the past week of protests: 

‘Continental Origin’ 
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa appeared on Newsmax TV on Wednesday to talk about the protests and to offer his two cents about the Congressional Black Caucus’ call for the Department of Justice to investigate a pattern of racial profiling by Ferguson police.  

On “this idea of racial profiling … I’ve seen the video,” King said. “It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

King continued: “I just reject race-based politics, identity politics. I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior.”

‘Many, Many African-Americans’
TV personality Bill O’Reilly offered some advice for Brown's parents during his Fox News segment on Tuesday.

“Do we as a society -- what do we do?” O’Reilly started. “Do we weigh in as the boy’s father -- and if it were my son, I probably would have said same thing, but he’s obviously talking through an emotional prism. His son is dead. He believes, probably -- I know he believes -- that it was an injustice, that it was done for nothing, it was a murder. And many, many African-Americans believe that without knowing the facts. Do we criticize them, or do we remain silent?”

‘Not A Target’
Despite several well-documented reports of journalists in Ferguson being arrested or having tear gas shot at them by police for unspecified or ridiculous reasons, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson denied that the media had been singled out. 

"The media's not a target," Jackson said Thursday. When pressed further about specific incidents of reporter arrests, Jackson simply repeated, “I don’t know.” 

‘Move Along’
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough had some choice words for Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery after Lowery posted video of his  interaction with police in a Ferguson McDonald's. 

“I’ve been in places where police officers said, ‘all right you know what, this is cordoned off, you guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘yes, sir, or yes, ma'am.’ I don't sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day,” Scarborough said on Thursday’s “Morning Joe. “I am sure I am just the worst person in the world for saying this. Next time a police officer tells you that you've got to move along because you've got riots outside, well, you probably should move along.”

Lowery was not pleased with Scarborough for his comments, and replied that he has “little patience for talking heads.” Lowery even invited Scarborough to “come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting sipping his Starbucks smugly.”

‘F--- You’
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadel had this to say to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon: “F--- You.”

“You don’t know s--- bc you never communicate. F--- you, Governor!” the state senator tweeted Thursday in response to a tweet from Nixon that read, “Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press.”

 

 

 

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