The grand jury’s verdict in the Michael Brown investigation has sparked explosive emotion on both sides. When the jury decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson on any charges for shooting and killing an 18-year-old black man on August 9, a flurry of outrage soon erupted in the city’s streets Tuesday night. As the Inquisitr just reported, even the church that Michael Brown and his family attended was burned to the ground.
On Wednesday’s episode of The View, co-hosts discussed the Darren Wilson verdict as the main part of the “Hot Topics” segment. In particular, Nicolle Wallace argued with the other ladies on the show that Brown wasn’t exactly an innocent victim.
It all began when guest co-host Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black voiced her opposition to the grand jury’s verdict. View co-host Rosie Perez agreed that justice wasn’t served in the jury’s decision. This feeling was also backed up by Rosie O’Donnell. Whoopi Goldberg said the unfortunate part about all of this is the fact that Michael Brown is still dead in spite of everything.
Nicolle Wallace was in the minority on this one. She made a bold statement about her feelings regarding the Michael Brown shooting. She compared Brown’s demise to that of Trayvon Martin, as recapped by The Wrap.
“This is not Trayvon Martin. He was not walking through the neighborhood with Skittles in his pocket. He was not jumped by a thug. George Zimmerman was a thug who jumped Trayvon Martin. This was a kid who ended up in an altercation with police. He did not deserve to die, I am not saying that, but their fates will be interconnected forever.”
Wallace is basically stating that as tragic as Brown’s death was as a result of the altercation he had with Officer Wilson on August 9, his actions did contribute to his death.
As for how things are standing now in the wake of the grand jury’s decision, there’s a sense of “calm” in Ferguson after two nights of rioting and violent protesting. The night before Thanksgiving is giving some hope in the community that maybe things are beginning to settle down, AOL News reports. That’s the premise many are praying for after full-scale protests from different sides on the issue have played out across the city.
What are your thoughts about Nicolle Wallace comparing Michael Brown to Trayvon Martin when it comes to not being an innocent victim?
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