'Flat-Out Disgraceful': O'Reilly Says Ferguson Looters Dishonor Brown's Legacy
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly blasted the looting and destruction in Ferguson as "flat-out disgraceful."
"This is a two-track story: the facts and the emotional aspect of what happened," O'Reilly said.
"The Factor" host first ran down the facts: a grand jury comprised of 12 American citizens heard 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, in addition to examining forensic reports, medical documents and police radio logs.
"The conclusion? That police officer Darren Wilson was not guilty of a crime when he shot Michael Brown to death on Aug. 9th."
"The Factor" host pointed out that after the decision was announced, there was looting and destruction, more than 80 people arrested, hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and at least 16 people treated for injuries.
O'Reilly asked: where was the National Guard and why were they not protecting the businesses in Ferguson?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon must explain why businesses were left unprotected so the looters could run wild, O'Reilly declared. If it's true that the governor made the decision to not deploy the Guard, he should resign his office, O'Reilly said.
"People who loot and burn after an 18-year-old American has been killed dishonor the man's legacy," O'Reilly said. "You want to protest peacefully, fine. If you sincerely believe there is injustice in the system, let your feelings be known."
"But these looters could not care less about Michael Brown. They are criminals, and that was obvious last night."
O'Reilly turned his attention to the "charlatans" in the media who will say anything to get attention, including that the grand jury process was rigged and the jurors were liars or worse.
"You can say you disagree with the grand jurors, but to call them corrupt is an outrageous smear. The whole case makes America look bad. There is nothing good about it, and last night's exposition in Missouri was flat-out disgraceful. Period."
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.