Bill O’Reilly focused on the ongoing Ferguson Grand Jury kerfuffle in his opening segment last night, revealing in stark detail the contrast between the reasoned perspective of those accepting the facts and evidence presented to the Grand Jury as well as their decision and the inanity of the reason-free “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” crowd.

First up was a audio recording of former NBA player Charles Barkley speaking on a radio program (2:05):

We have to be really careful with the cops, man, because if it wasn’t for the cops, we’d be living in the wild-wild west in our neighborhoods.  I think we can’t pick out certain incidents that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad.  I hate when we do that. Think about it, you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?

Then was then contrasted with the ramblings of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the National of Islam (2:35):

As long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger, and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us.  But when we die and they die [applause] they soon we are going to sit at a table, and talk about it. We’re tired. We want some of this earth, or we’ll tear the God-damned country up.

This was followed by two live guests (starting at 3:45).

The first was Alfonzo Rachel, a pro-gun rights black man who is a commentator on PJTV.  He spoke about the fact that the black community complaining about the “system” in effect voted for that system or alternatively opted out of the system.  O’Reilly rather foolishly argued the because blacks make up only 13% of the population they can’t really change the system–ignoring, of course, that in the most crime-plagued communities blacks generally make up far more than 13% of the population.

Following Rachel was someone called Michael Skolnick, who was described as the President of something called  O’Reilly also mentioned that Skolnick was one of the invitees to one of Obama’s three “Ferguson” meetings yesterday.  Skolnick essentially followed the Progressive narrative that the Grand Jury decision was defective because, among other things, the prosecution did not present a case that was “fair to the [Brown] family.”

Asked by O’Reilly if he was aware of any evidence that was not presented to the Grand Jury, Skolnick replied “yes, the law, that it’s unconstitutional, 1985, that a police officer could shoot a fleeing suspect.”  When O’Reilly pointed out that both witness and forensic evidence indicated that Brown was approaching Wilson when killed, Skolnick first simply repeated the “fleeing” canard, was corrected again, and then decided that the Grand Jury wasn’t good enough, he wants a trial.

(Of course, the reference to Tennessee v. Garner is irrelevant to the Brown shooting, as it applies only to non-dangerous suspects, which Brown certainly was not.  We covered this issue extensively here:  Yet another reason Lawrence O’Donnell is wrong on #Ferguson Grand Jury.)

Asked if he supports the Grand Jury system, Skolnick replied that he did, but he nevertheless wants a trial.  Oofah.

It takes little cognitive function to understand why those who profit from racial strife would prefer that the #Ferguson shooting be dragged out for as long as possible, due process and rule of law be damned.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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