Joe Scarborough Lashes Out Over Ferguson: ‘Stop Suggesting White Cops Want to Shake Down Black Guys’ (Video)

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host was blasted on Twitter by an NBC legal analyst for comments he made about Michael Brown

For the second time in as many days, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went on a rant about racial profiling on police forces. The “Morning Joe” host squared off against his guest Dorian Warren, suggesting that data comes into play when cops make arrests out on the streets.

“Let’s have a real conversation and stop suggesting that white cops want to shake down black guys because they’re black,” Scarborough said. “A lot of it is based on data.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski however argued that policing shouldn’t be based on data, saying: “It should be based on moving society forward, and treating whites and blacks equally.”

That sent Scarborough into a rant that led to him calling out his own network.

“A cop is not out on the street going, ‘You know what I’m going to do today? I’m going to move our society forward,'” Scarborough said. “A cop on the street has one job: to protect the people in that neighborhood. It is not to make a statement that makes primetime people on MSNBC feel better about America.”

On Monday, Scarborough also took on race relations in America while asking why Michael Brown was being painted as an innocent victim.

“Someone needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression,” Scarborough said. He continued, “There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community, that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store and then according to a Grand Jury testimony acted in ways that would get my children shot? That’s your hero? That’s the reason you want to burn down black businesses? Really? This is your mission in life?”

NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom responded to Scarborough’s comments via Twitter on Monday night, telling Scarborough, “No one has said Mike Brown was a hero. What we have said was that we don’t give the death penalty to shoplifting teens.” Bloom sent a total of 15 tweets directed at Scarborough. See her entire online rebuttal:

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