MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Lawrence O’Donnell sparred on “Morning Joe” over whether the Department of Justice report on the Michael Brown shooting “disproved” the claim that Brown had his hands up when shot.
The spat began during an interview of St. Louis Police Officers Association representative Jeff Roorda. “I’m just curious,” Scarborough asked, “have the St. Louis Rams contacted you guys and apologized since Eric Holder agreed with your side of the story?” (VIDEO: St. Louis Rams Football Players Surrender In Solidarity With Michael Brown)
“Eric Holder doesn’t agree with the officers’ side of the story,” O’Donnell interrupted. “Eric Holder’s report says they didn’t see that they could make a case beyond a reasonable doubt that would get a conviction.”
“Actually, what they said was that neither– the testimony that said that he had his hands up was not credible,” Scarborough said, “and also…”
“Beyond a reasonable doubt,” O’Donnell interrupted again.
“Also that the forensic evidence did not show that he had his hands up in the air,” Scarborough noted, as Noorda said at the same time, “The conclusion was irrefutable that he’s not guilty.”
“Did not prove it,” O’Donnell stressed.
“It did not support the story,” Scarborough shot back. “And you know…” (VIDEO: Joe Scarborough SLAMS Obama’s ‘Stupid Left-Wing Moral Equivalency’)
“Understand what reasonable doubt is,” said O’Donnell.
Scarborough clearly didn’t enjoy being condescended to. “You know what? Here we go. Thank you so much for giving me a lecture on the law.”
For what it’s worth, the actual DoJ report says what Scarborough claimed it did: the witness reports claiming Brown had his hands up were directly contradicted by the forensic evidence and were explicitly stated to be “not credible.”