Fox News host Sean Hannity clashed with a Ferguson protester on Friday night, roughly 24 hours after two police officers were shot outside the city’s police headquarters. It took less than five minutes for the debate to grow heated.
Responding to the shooting of the officers, Ivory Ned called it a “reaction” to the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. “I’m not saying it was right,” he added.
“You should be saying it’s wrong,” Hannity shot back. He later asked, “I think the story here is…people shouldn’t be shooting cops. I don’t hear you saying that, why not?”
When Ned claimed there is “no evidence” that Brown “charged” officer Wilson, Hannity immediately interrupted and cited the Justice Department’s report on the shooting. Ned also told Hannity he needs to “look at the facts.”
That’s when Hannity pounced.
“I’m sure you didn’t read the 87-page report from Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” the host said, an assertion that turned out to be true.
Hannity then read directly from the DOJ report:
Witness accounts suggesting that Brown was standing still with his hands raised in an unambiguous signal of surrender when Wilson shot Brown are inconsistent with the physical evidence, are otherwise not credible because of internal inconsistencies, or are not credible because of inconsistencies with other credible evidence. In contrast, Wilson’s account of Brown’s actions, if true, would establish that the shootings were not objectively unreasonable under the relevant Constitutional standards governing an officer’s use of deadly force. Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence.
Despite the evidence cited in the DOJ report, Ned remained defiant. He responded, “It sounds like your head is a one-way street.”
“The fact remains is Mike Brown was laying down on that ground for four hours,” he added. “You have to listen to the facts!”
The interview didn’t go anywhere from there as the men could not seem to find common ground.
After correspondent Steve Harrigan interviewed another protester who argued Wilson should have been indicted, Hannity interviewed Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who remarked, “Ugh, that is terrible TV.”