'So the DOJ Had It Wrong?': Megyn Grills Sharpton Over Ferguson Comments
On "The Kelly File" tonight, Megyn Kelly and Rev. Al Sharpton clashed over the civil rights activist’s comments following the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Sharpton slammed Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the incident, saying it didn’t make sense and that he couldn’t have been in fear for his life.
A Department of Justice report the following year concluded that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense and that witnesses who incriminated him weren’t credible.
During tonight’s interview, Sharpton said he shouldn’t apologize or feel bad for stating his opinion, which he said was based on witness accounts.
“If I say what I believe to be the case, based on talking to several witnesses, I should apologize for what? Should Donald Trump apologize because he believed the Central Park joggers victims accused were put in jail and did 13-15 years in jail?”
Sharpton refused to accept that the DOJ proved him wrong about the case, saying that new evidence could show Wilson did not act in self-defense and also that the DOJ’s report came nearly a year after the shooting.
"I can say the DOJ said it was wrong but I said what I believed."
"So you think the DOJ had it wrong?" Megyn asked.
He replied that he didn't know if the DOJ actually stated that there was no evidence to disprove that Wilson feared for his life as cited by Megyn.
"I interpret it what I have heard about the DOJ differently than you did, but the issue that you're raising is whether I should apologize for believing something that several witnesses told me. I don't think you or me should apologize if we believe something that people told us. Now, if people didn't tell us that, that'd be different."
Watch the far-ranging interview, which also covered the 2016 race, Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter, above.