It was the question that Americans who waited months for a decision in the Ferguson police shooting case wanted to ask every protester: “Who are you to second-guess the grand jury?”
And Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked it Monday when she faced off with nationally syndicated radio host Richard Fowler in an explosive battle over the Ferguson grand jury decision against indicting Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Kelly asked Fowler about the response in Ferguson to the grand jury’s decision and the ensuing riots.
Fowler seemed to justify the rioting.
“The truth of the matter is, is that across this country there’s a lot of people that are very angry about this and that this grand jury did not come down with an indictment tonight and that caused this anger,” Fowler said.
“There’s two sides of the story that really should’ve been heard by a jury,” he continued.
“But they were,” Kelly interrupted. “They were. Both sides were heard.”
Fowler got back to the original point about the rioting and said that the anger had gotten out of control despite calls for peaceful protesting.
“The reason that the anger has gotten out of control,” Kelly responded. “Is because these fires, so to speak, have been stoked by people who refuse to trust in the system. The grand jury system. Which is the way our country works.
“That grand jury met for three months, one time a week, 12 people, in good faith, and they looked at all the evidence — 60 witnesses they listened to — and they disagreed with you,” Kelly said. “They know more than you do and they said there’s no probable cause for any of these charges. Who are you to second guess them?”
Fowler contended that if this incident happened in New York City or anywhere else, it would have automatically gone to a jury trial. “That’s why people are angry,” he said.
“Perhaps it’s because the people are being misinformed,” Kelly said before explaining that nine times out of 10 it would never go to a grand jury because the law enforcement officer is generally believed by the prosecutor.
Kelly stressed that the evidence the grand jury heard suggested that Brown was the attacker in the confrontation and that the prosecutor pointed out that several African-American witnesses testified to that.
That was a point Fowler seemed to ignore before Kelly gave up on him and moved on to the next guest — proving that, if someone has his mind made up before he knows the facts, there’s not much chance of changing it.
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