Refuses to apologize for maligning Officer Darren Wilson despite DOJ’s finding of no guilt or racial animus.
The Reverend Al Sharpton just isn’t making sense.
Worse, he seems to have a blatant disregard for the life of a former police officer — who today can’t find a job, has not been rehired, and whose day-to-day existence will long be marred by the events of two years ago.
On the “Kelly File” on Wednesday night, Al Sharpton pointedly told Megyn Kelly of Fox News that he does not have to believe an official Department of Justice report that corroborated Officer Darren Wilson’s account of events in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Kelly pressed him on this — but Sharpton dug in his heels.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Sharpton publicly said the officer could not have feared for his life when he shot Brown and that Wilson’s account of the incident was suspicious.
In 2015, however, the DOJ published a report that said Brown had been shot out of self defense and that the witness accounts of the event were not credible. The report exonerated Brown.
But Sharpton would not apologize for not acknowledging that. “If I say what I believe to be the case, based on talking to several witnesses, I should apologize for what?” Sharpton said to Kelly.
During the interview, Kelly rightly pressed Sharpton about the DOJ’s official report about Officer Wilson and its findings — but Sharpton claimed the DOJ said “there was no evidence to prosecute him on civil rights.”
Kelly clarified that the DOJ actually ruled it could find “no reliable evidence to disprove Wilson’s belief that he feared for his safety.”
As part of her report, Kelly noted that the DOJ clearly said, “The evidence does not support finding that Wilson was unreasonable in his fear that Brown would once again attempt to harm him and gain control of his gun.”
When Kelly asked the civil rights activist if he felt sorry for the terrible things he said about Wilson — Sharpton answered, “No.”
Sharpton essentially has laid waste to this man’s life — simply because Wilson does not advance Sharpton’s agenda.