The Co-hosts discussed the grand jury decision that came from Ferguson, Missouri in the shooting death of unarmed black teenagar Michael Brown. The jury decided not to indict the police officer, Darren Wilson, that fired over 12 shots at the unarmed teen, including one to his head. In preparation for this release of the decision the Jay Nixon, The Governor of Missouri, called in the National Guard. Watch the co-hosts discuss that Hot Topic in the video below:
Missouri Declares a State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Verdict in Shooting of Michael Brown|Hot Topic: Bracing for Backlash Pt. 1|Co-hosts discuss pending grand jury verdict on shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer.
There were hopes and requests that the jury's decision not lead to violent riots. These requests came from Michael Brown's parents and even President Obama. Nicolle Wallace on the November 25th, 2014 episode of The View credited Michael Brown's parents for making sure their son's death was not in vein. Throughout the last few months they have fought for changes to better the relationship between law enforcement and the community here in the U.S. and internationally. However after the decision was announced late on the evening of Monday November 24th isolated groups of instigators distrupted peaceful protests with riots and looting that led to police throwing tear gas and bean bags at protestor, instigators and reporters alike. Several fires were also started, some as a result of the tear gas fired. Watch the co-hosts discuss their reactions to the announcement:
The co-hosts debate if the reaction to the decision was justified. Rosie O'Donnell makes the point that injustice against black males by the police has gone on for far too long. Rosie Perez and Whoopi also weighed in believing there are more peaceful ways to respond. Below is the second part of their Hot Topic discussion: