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November 24th, 2014
10:55 PM ET

Breaking down the Ferguson grand jury's decision

Anderson looked at the case against Officer Darren Wilson and the jury's decision not to indict him. Moments after Prosecutor Bob McCulloch wrapped up his announcement, Anderson broke it down with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin, Sunny Hostin and Mark O'Mara.

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  1. therihan

    Anderson has really bad body odour in person, stop blaming the basil candle that was mentioned in the ridiculist "anti candle"
    He's likes the kid that never listened to anyone, always arrogant ignorant, got picked on, tried to make a comeback by finding and funding AC360 show on CNN (tuner television) but he will always stick, and will always be that dirty kid that never goes back home to get cleaned up. Ask his mother.

    November 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm |
  2. wursula2014

    Where is the Justice/One Family’s Plea
    November 30th of this year will mark one month that our 26-year old son, Christopher Richard Walker, was murdered in the streets of Altadena, California. Yet, there has not been one phone call or letter of condolence from one “Jesse Jackson” or “Al Sharpton–community” type. The local NAACP has been quite silent as well. There have been no marches, no yelling concerns “that they’re killing our children”– no protests of any kind. Instead, our family (myself, Christopher’s mother, his dad and two sisters as well as his two daughters and his girlfriend—all those who loved him—are all supposed to simply go on with business as usual.
    For the record, Christopher had left his marketing job in downtown LA for the day and had stopped at a local burger stand in Altadena for a quick bite to eat before picking up his 5-year-old daughter from her aftercare school program. He was not causing any trouble, nor had he been in trouble—yet he was cowardly gunned down by someone from behind. He was an innocent victim—a tax payer and contributor to society who was cut down before he really had a chance to live his life.
    For the past several weeks the media has focused strictly on the Michael Brown/Police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. We have seen nothing but rioting in the streets and millions of dollars in property damage as businesses are thoughtlessly destroyed. Why, there even is a story of a St. Louis woman who accidentally killed herself with the gun that she had purchased for her own protection during the city’s unrest. All told, we may never know the lives and businesses negatively affected as a result of the constant violent protests to the Grand Jury’s decision.
    There is a statistic out there indicating that to date Police have killed over 5,000 civilians since September 11, 2001. However, my search for murders committed under the heading of gang violence (you know, mostly black-on-black and, or brown-on-brown), for one year alone in 2011 rendered a daunting number of 12,664. These people were most likely sons and daughters, and mothers, and fathers, who unfortunately all became victims of violent murder—in this one year alone. Let’s see now, not to downplay the value of life by any means—but, a total of 5,000 civilians nationwide over the last 13 years equals just about 385 people per year.
    Compared to the total of 12,664 in 2011 alone, (times 13 years), gives us 164,632 individuals—a percentage significantly higher by 103.13% than what we hear in news reports regarding racial killings and other details surrounding the death of this young man. Especially during this time when our own family is personally suffering the fresh and raw pain of the loss of a child, we have nothing to offer the family of Mr. Brown but our sympathy. However, the evidence shows that Mr. Brown had just finished stealing from a convenience store, that he was impeding traffic by walking in the street, and that he was extremely agitated and aggressive toward the local authority figures—things for all of which he should have been arrested.
    Though it was a terribly unfortunate situation that Mr. Brown seemingly had brought upon himself, the Ferguson protesters continue to focus their time and energy in destroying their own community all in the name of justice. But, where is the justice for Christopher Walker and others in his situation—who have been struck down by the numerous acts of gang violence so thoughtlessly perpetrated over the years? How long do our loved ones have to cry from the grave before we stop the insanity? Where are the marches for “Justice” for these? Are they any less important—or any less dead since they were actually killed by their own kind? When will we address the problem in our own back yard?

    Sincerely,
    Ursula Walker

    November 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm |
    • ddunbar1953

      The statistics are staggering when the time is taken to analyze. At what point does black leadership step up and call it what it is, a disgrace. Responsibility for ones actions must be taught to children by their PARENTS first and respect for authority is the fabric that keeps a society from going over the edge. It is a foregone conclusion that the very foundation of black family has been decimated. Without order we have anarchy...witness Ferguson Mo. Real change is hard, acting out within a mob framework is cowardly and destructive.

      November 27, 2014 at 9:09 am |
  3. ddunbar1953

    So Jeffrey Toobin thinks Robert McCulloch is whining...stop... The wind expended trying to justify "rage" when all evidence is to the contrary is detrimental and deceitful. Mr Toobin is constantly on the wrong side of the issue as is viewpoint here

    November 26, 2014 at 8:15 am |
  4. kmannn

    Ok, so if you are a thief and a thug, the cop is supposed to "disarm" the situation (if you are black) and look the other way and put himself in harms way and not use lethal force to protect himself. Then Eric Holder comes on and says he won't "condone" the rioting and destruction. CONDONE? How about, you can demonstrate - if you do try to riot the authorities will arrest you, and if you damage property or endanger lives they will use force to prevent you, and if you resist and are non compliant and are a thug, you may, unfortunately end up dead like another thug did. It's your choice. . Holder should be ashamed of himself.

    November 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm |
  5. buckfield4buck

    hey, where was the cops tazer.

    November 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm |
  6. my5bamababies

    This is all rediculous! This is an excuse for all of these thugs to act like bigger thugs. Absolutely no class whatsoever! Pure trash! I live in Mobile, Al and everyone needs to Google the name "Gil Collar" and read his story. White college boy killed by a black cop. Grand Jury decided not to indict. Where is his justice? He got none but you didn't hear one word about this on national news. Oh, I guess that's where the "No Class" comes in, in Ferguson,Mo

    November 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
    • kmannn

      Mark O;Mara is the only one who is being honest and is looking at the verdict logically and from the perspective of the EVIDENCE and the LAW. You see how quickly CNN/Anderson shuts him down when he calls out Sonny for her stupid biased "analysis" that doesn't even address the LAW. No wonder she's now an entertainer and not making an honest living. I wonder, if the thug Brown had actually gotten Wilson's gun and killed the cop, if she would say the white cop was at fault for enticement of the poor little unarmed thug into his patrol vehicle? Mercy where have we come to? I understand it's all for show but who really writes the copy/opposing positions that these media fools are supposed to take? I'd be shamed to spew forth the crap they're paid to do.

      Why is this Ferguson stuff under 360's "Crime and Punishment"? Oh yeah, darn I forgot, if you're black you have the inherent right to steal, ignore a reasonable request of a peace officer, punch out the cop, try to kill him with his own pistol, and be non-compliant when faced with legal lethal force in return. Let's say (way outlandish) Brown did stop, turn, raise his hands. Isn't there a lesson here? if you are a thief and a thug and you then try to shoot a police officer with his weapon, you might get killed in return. Isn't that the basic facts? Don't all parents, black or white or yellow or purple, or red or green - teach their kids that?

      November 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm |
  7. therihan

    Anderson. How do you want to be remembered?
    Seriously if anything happenS to you I'll juSt remember this cold person who nevertook a minute to say thank you or acknowledge me for reaching out to you and sent you a gift last year december3rd2013, who finds time to do everything else and talk about everything else including stinky crocs but never the obvious.

    You should really take some time and admire what comes your way.
    It's not just about you.

    November 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
  8. halerm

    Somehow order has to be restored to get the whole area of Ferguson or every nighte it will another whole slue of small businesses burning up and peoples jobs burning up with them... the Grand Jury has made their decision, it was bound to not bring happiness to either side no matter how it went... it is time for a civilized people to go back to being civilized... You can please some of the people some of the time and part of the people part of the time but you cannot please all of the people all of the time... It's time to pull it together, quite being cry babies, man up and and move on...

    November 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
  9. therihan

    Anderson looks like a dirty old man.
    I've been trying for a few years to clean you up, but you're ignorant by all means.
    Stick with your trash

    November 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
    • kmannn

      Excuse me, don't you mean dirty old woman? I laughed my butt off when he interviewed the store owner and he promised to come back and buy something - and found out she sold only ladies clothes. He said he'd buy something for his mother. Yeah right, wink-wink. We won't tell if you like to dress up. LOL

      November 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm |
      • therihan

        That is so funny. LoL
        Didn't watch it. Too funny. Thank you for the laugh kmannn!🙂

        November 26, 2014 at 12:38 am |
      • therihan

        But he is still cute though, and funny. I think I would have said the same thing. I think he was trying to be nice.🙂

        November 26, 2014 at 12:40 am |
  10. whatifdave

    Several quotes are made about hope and what happens when there is none. At the same time, hate is like a cancer and virus, it can metastasize and infect perfectly healthy cells, especially when communities are not healthy. Hope is that one ingredient to keep communities healthy.
    Research shows those living in very poor conditions, buildings that need painting, weeds growing all over, trash lining the streets, people feel bad about themselves. Research also show people who learn new skills feel good about themselves and feel new hope. New jobs training programs could include people to rebuild their neighborhoods and rebuilding our aging infrastructure. People communicate through social media and texting, new jobs training opportunities information could reach the poor by these means as well. Give people hope, you prevent the hate cancer and virus form spreading. Then you create better communities and fix our aging infrastructure at the same time.

    November 25, 2014 at 8:48 am |

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