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12/02/2014 02:25 pm ET Updated Dec 02, 2014

Joe Scarborough Slams Coverage Of Michael Brown Shooting

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed the media's coverage of the Michael Brown shooting on Monday's episode of "Morning Joe."

Scarborough broached the subject while discussing the five St. Louis Rams players who walked onto the field in the "Hands up, don't shoot!" position during Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. The gesture was used during protests of the grand jury's decision to not indict Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Brown.

"What is so remarkable is they might as well have come out with a flying saucer attached to all of their heads in solidarity of Michael Brown being transported to Venus on a flying saucer, because that happened as much as [hands up] happened," he said, adding that claims made by Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, alleging that Brown had his hands up at the time of the shooting conflicted with other witness testimony. "They are using his accomplice in the robbery that was with him at the time, who also claimed that Michael Brown was shot in the back. And for some reason the media attaches to these narratives that will stir up further protests."

(It should be noted that many witnesses said Brown had his hands up when Wilson shot him, though whether it was a surrender or something else remains unclear.)

Scarborough also said:

We are doing such a grave disservice to police officers in this country by pushing a narrative that they are just going around looking to shoot and kill black people. Somebody needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression. I see actually a reverse of what happened in Trayvon, where right-wingers clinged [sic] to this nasty, thuggish guy, that chased a young black man through a neighborhood simply because he was black. Trayvon was guilty of walking while being black, and my right-wing, nut-job friends all embraced George Zimmerman, a thug ... There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community, that deciding you're going to embrace a guy that knocked over a convenience store, and then, according to grand jury testimony, acting in ways that would get my children shot on Staten Island or in Queens or in Brooklyn, that's your hero? That's the reason you want to burn down black businesses? ... That's why you want to block African-American commuters with five children going to work in the Bay Area and get them fired? Really? This is your mission in life?

Scarborough -- who acknowledged a double standard exists and said black people are treated differently on streets, in courtrooms and in jails in America -- blasted the media, saying: "I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore."

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said the shooting of Brown symbolizes police aggression and racial issues that are present across the nation and that not everyone views Brown as a "hero."

Later in the segment, Scarborough agreed with grievances over how Brown's death was handled by the St. Louis Police Department, specifically how his dead body was left in the street for four hours.

Watch a portion of the segment below.

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