Jon Stewart hammers cops, Fox News and naysayers: Ferguson protesters were right
Jon Stewart observed on The Daily Show on Thursday that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) findings regarding the shooting of Michael Brown and police in Ferguson, Missouri last year had something for everyone — including Fox News.
“Let the self-vindicating gloating begin,” Stewart said before showing clips of Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity saying the federal investigation exhonerated Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown.
But while the department opted not to charge Wilson in connection with the shooting, Stewart pointed out, it also described an institutionalized system of racially-biased policing in the city as a whole.
“It turns out everybody was right,” Stewart said. “According to our Justice Department, everybody’s anger was separate but equally justified. In a way, both sides achieving a beautiful balance of rage. A sort of yin and yang of resentment and anger.”
The DOJ determined that police targeted black residents near-exclusively for arrests, stops, and citations. As correspondent Jessica Williams said “on location,” the millions raised through the city’s “traffic enforcement initiative” went toward building a rather opulent station for police
“Like the White House, it was built by black people who didn’t have a choice,” she said.
“Right out of the gate, huh, Jessica?” Stewart replied.
“Yup. F*ck these people,” she asserted, right before getting ticketed herself for “exceeding the height limit for sidewalk use.”
Williams said that the result of the investigations would lead to new protests similar to the Black Lives Matter movement that erupted following Brown’s death.
“This time, they’re gonna put this injustice in terms white America can understand,” Williams explained. “Do you remember when angry old white people started the Tea Party?”
“Of course I remember that,” Stewart replied.
“Well, black people in Ferguson are starting the FEA party — Fined Enough Already,” Williams said. “No more taxation without legal representation.”
Watch Stewart and Williams’ commentary, as posted by Crooks & Liars on Thursday, below.