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What's Next in Michael Brown Case? Q & A with Chris Cuomo
August 26th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

What's Next in Michael Brown Case? Q & A with Chris Cuomo

The streets of Ferguson have calmed, children are heading back to school and residents are honoring Michael Brown’s family's wish for peace.

But now a legal battle looms over whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting and killing the unarmed teenager.

Chris Cuomo hosted a Facebook chat on Tuesday to address your questions on the case.

Here are some highlights:

Q: Imarah – Guilty or not guilty, Do you not think six shoots is way overboard and also why the head or a fatal shoot, do they not teach them in the police academy ways to injure or slow down without killing? I think it should be mandatory that all police officers wear cam for both our protection and theirs as it will enable better transparency. What do u think?

A: Chris Cuomo the number of shots is a tricky part of the analysis. it always is in cases like this. the primary analysis is whether shooting was necessary at all.


Q: Anna – If officer Wilson is charged with murder, who pays the legal fees?

Keith – The police union

A: Chris Cuomo or him personally or benefactors, not the taxpayer, because the crime would be seen as not in the line of expected duty


Q: Elisabeth – I don't agree with police killing an unarmed man....however, the boy is on camera committing a crime....

A: Chris Cuomo Elisabeth – this is a natural instinct that I think fails to be helpful here. And here is why: we do not know whether the officer was responding to the robbery, and it does not seem that he was. the past therefore is only relevant as a measure of potential reaction to the actual altercation and shooting that occurred.


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May 25th, 2014
02:28 PM ET

"We Were Choking on the Same Soot, We Were One With the Story"

Editorial Producer Allison Gilbert and "Legal View" Anchor Ashleigh Banfield discuss Gilbert's new book, "Covering Catastrophe," which highlights how broadcast journalists covered the events of September 11, 2001.

The two relive the most memorable moments from that day and the challenges they faced as journalists.


To read Gilbert's Op-Ed, click the link below:

Journalist and survivor: The rules blurred on 9/11
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May 25th, 2014
02:01 PM ET

Agent: Until Policy Change, An Isla Vista Shooting Will Happen Again

Retired Law Enforcement Agent Lou Palumbo says paying attention to warning signs is not enough to stop the next shooting rampage in America. He advises U.S. policy change is the only way to prevent shooters like Elliot Rodger.

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May 18th, 2014
10:34 AM ET

60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, Are Schools Still Struggling with Segregation?

This weekend marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The ground-breaking decision desegregated schools and forever changed the makeup of American classrooms. But many people– including Attorney General Eric Holder– say racism is still very much alive. Saturday, during his commencement speech at Morgan State University, he referenced recent comments made by Donald Sterling and rancher Cliven Bundy, saying:

"These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done – because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper."

"New Day Weekend" sat down with political science professor Jason Johnson and educational administration professor Sheneka Williams to discuss.

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