Geraldo vs. Harris Faulkner on Ferguson: "For You To Pick The Low-Hanging Fruit Is Offensive"


GERALDO RIVERA: Well, I see several things. Let me take the legal side first, Kimberly, if I may, because I think that is easier. By Eric Holder going to Ferguson, Missouri, by everyone talking of special prosecutors here in the Eric Garner case, what you have is a distortion of the legal process. There is no doubt in my mind that a grand jury will indict the officer in the case of Michael Brown. It will be political pressure just as it was in Trayvon Martin. They will be messing with the grand jury system. A prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich if they want to. They will indict this officer and I’ll tell you what will happen.

They’ll have a trial, the white jurors will see it one way, the black jurors another. The white jurors will look at that convenience store surveillance tape. They will see Michael Brown menacing that clerk. The white jurors will put themselves in the shoes of that clerk. They'll say, of course the officer responded the way he did, he was menaced by a 6'4" 300-pound kid 10 minutes fresh from a strong-armed robbery. The officer was defending himself. The white jurors will put themselves in the white officers' place. The black jurors will see Michael Brown despite his flaws as the surrogate for every black youngster.

HARRIS FAULKNER: Geraldo, you are reaching for the low-hanging fruit. And I can't let you do that.

GERALDO RIVERA: Well, let's go.

FAULKNER: I give people more credit than what you're talking about. What you're saying is that the nation is divided, particularly in kind of a microcosm way. Ferguson, Missouri is divided black and white and that's the only issue here. That is poor-sighted, that is short-sighted and it's just not true. You have a lot of things happening in that community. Outside of the fact that you've got blacks and whites, you've got an economic situation there that's poor and that is very much a green issue. You have schools closed. They couldn't even have the first day of school because of unrest on the streets. You've had in some estimations militarization of the police and fear on both sides -- police and protestors. You have invaders from the outside come in. This is more than a racial issue. And for you to pick off the low-hanging fruit is offensive and it incites more of it to go on. It's irresponsible.

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