Channeling Jesse Jackson’s comments earlier this week on Newsmax TV, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton argued that no circumstance justified Michael Brown being shot multiple times, using the logic that he was unarmed. This despite reports that Brown had charged and beat Officer Darren Wilson prior to the fatal shooting.
During a predictably soft interview with host Alex Wagner on the August 20 edition of Now, Sharpton insisted that “there was no life extenuating circumstances that anyone can figure out that required six bullets.” The PoliticsNation host decided to play the role of judge and jury, claiming that no one was even questioning his rush to judgment:
You’ve got to remember that there’s no question Michael Brown had the civil right to not expect to be killed or shot multiple times. There’s no dispute about that by police when he was unarmed and there was no life extenuating circumstance here. I mean, we’re debating on whether he moved forward or not with the policemen, and most eyewitnesses say it didn’t happen. But are we serious here? He never had a weapon.
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