Even Sean Hannity couldn’t defend the cop who killed Walter Scott

Sean Hannity

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA) Jason Reed

Is this ‘Hannity’ or a new Fox show called ‘The Twilight Zone’?

So this is what Bizarro World looks like.

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday passionately defended Walter Scott, a black man gunned down apparently in cold blood by white North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager.

“You don’t shoot an innocent person that’s not a threat in the back—that’s murder,” Hannity said.

Opposite Hannity in this debate was Jesse Lee Peterson, an African American conservative who once argued, in defense of President George W. Bush, that black people displaced by Hurricane Katrina were “lazy, immoral and trifling.”

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“Right now, Sean, white officers are under attack by angry black folks in this country,” Peterson said. “And when they get stopped by police officers, they’re not listening. They are not obeying…the police officer.”

Peterson argued that Scott was not innocent because he had a warrant for his arrest. It appears, however, that said warrant—supposedly due to nonpayment of child support—may not exist. Court records obtained Friday by the Associated Press raised doubts about the warrant, which has nonetheless been heavily publicized by the media.

“We cannot have in this country—look, you talk about the officer is innocent until proven guilty, that tape is overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence that this man was shot innocently in the back,” Hannity continued. “He’s not the judge, jury and executioner here. He doesn’t get to fire against the guy that’s not a threat to anybody.”  

Marc Lamont Hill, a BET News host and CNN commentator, tweeted that Peterson was an “Uncle Ruckus,” a reference to a black character on The Boondocks who rebukes his own race.

“This may be the most disgusting conversation I’ve ever seen,” he wrote, linking to the above YouTube video.

Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, who was also a guest on Hannity’s program, stood up and walked off set after Peterson told him to stop “overreacting” to incidents like the Scott shooting.

After Terrell left, Peterson called him “a little coward.”

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Dell Cameron

Dell Cameron

Dell Cameron was a reporter at the Daily Dot who covered security and politics. In 2015, he revealed the existence of an American hacker on the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist. He is a co-author of the Sabu Files, an award-nominated investigation into the FBI's use of cyber-informants. He became a staff writer at Gizmodo in 2017.