Last week, a St. Louis grand jury determined that Officer Darren Wilson would not be held responsible for the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. While many people across the country view this as a spectacular failure of the justice system, for better or for worse, what's done is done. Still, I hope most empathetic newsreaders can unite around the opinion that Brown's parents should not be the subjects of any legal inquiry -- they lost a son, which is an incomprehensibly devastating tragedy no matter the circumstances.
But some Ferguson cops now want to charge Michael Brown Sr. with attempting to incite mob violence. Fox & Friends invited psychiatrist Keith Ablow to comment on whether he should be charged. Why oh why do they think a bad psychiatrist is qualified to comment on legal matters?
"My take on it is that the tape doesn't lie and we can't defer to mob rule. Hence, the man has to be charged," says Ablow.
"What about the fact that he could be so-called grieving?" asks Brian Kilmeade. "Some people cry, some people get angry and he was hugging somebody one minute. You know, it seemed impromptu. What about that?"
"This doesn't look like grief to me, it looks like retribution and for a perceived injustice that the courts say did not occur. Listen, the investigation to Michael Brown's death has ended, and now the investigation of his life should begin and I would question whether having a stepfather like Michael Brown's, this man who should be charged with attempting to incite a riot, influenced Michael Brown to lose his life, to have no respect for the property of others, no respect for authority. And therefore to find himself engaged in a mortal conflict with a law officer, an officer of the law," Ablow says.
"And for me, by the way," he continues, "the fact that he is the stepfather makes him culpable potentially for more than just those words, for the life of Michael Brown and his death."