A Sean Hannity panel on the South Carolina shooting death of Walter Scott erupted Thursday, as one guest stormed off set in opposition to another’s statements.
“Americans have overreacted,” Jesse Lee Peterson, a black conservative said regarding the Walter Scott shooting, suggesting it is similar to the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin cases. “I don’t think Americans understand how angry and brainwashed these young black folks are.”
“You better come to me or I’m gone…I’m not going to sit here and listen to this hate,” Leo Terrell, civil rights attorney, said to Hannity.
Terrell said it’s against the law for any officer to shoot an unarmed man in the back, but he was cut off by Peterson.
“I’m done, I’m done!” Terrell said as he stormed off set. “That’s too bad: Leo’s a little coward,” Peterson said when Hannity told him Terrell had bolted the segment.
The Walter Scott shooting on Saturday, which saw a white police officer shoot the unarmed African American several times as he was fleeing, has had the country and media in arms.
Networks have covered the story extensively, with the majority of pundits agreeing the officer was in the wrong and had no justifiable reason to shoot Scott.
The officer, Michael Slager, has been charged with murder and fired from the police department.