A travesty of justice in Norfolk, VA
Talking Points 1/24
- Duration 8:35
- Date Jan 24, 2013
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Hi I'm Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight a travesty of justice that is -- subject of this evening's talking points memo.
As you may know the factor has been investigating a terrible crime in Norfolk Virginia.
On April 14 2012 to reporters working at the Virginian pilot newspaper we're driving in a tough part of town after leaving a movie.
While stopped at a light somebody -- a rocket their car according to the police report.
The man in the car David Forster got out to confront the rock thrower.
It was -- attacked by a group of African American teenagers.
Police say a crowd of approximately thirty.
So rounded the car and about five thugs were involved in the assault on mr.
The woman in the car -- John Ross Tommy was also attacked but managed to call 911 as did some other folks.
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You know they echo YL.
Tell you the what are we all got our -- it is you guys OK I would have -- the big -- but there are a lot of guys.
Blue black kids they -- not not an -- guy.
Now the authorities kept that 911 call locked up and finally gave it to the factor yesterday.
After we filed a Freedom of Information Act request -- second one we file.
The first one was -- not.
A few weeks after the attack police arrested and charged for teens ages thirteen to sixty.
But eventually charges were dropped against three of the four.
-- only a seventeen year old was convicted his sentence probation.
He was also ordered to pay 352 dollars in restitution to cover the medical bills of the two reports.
While investigating this story it became apparent.
The city of north but did not walked.
Too aggressively pursue the case and even more troubling the editor of the Virginian pilot where the two victims work.
-- -- -- This story has been blown out of proportion.
And asked not to diminish the fact that I had to reporters who got beaten.
What it amounts to is.
A street altercation not a mob attacked no evidence that it was a racial attack.
-- Talking points believes this would not as simple street altercation and there is no question it was a mob attack.
Weather was based on race is today.
But for a group of assailants to beat up and terrorized to innocent Americans with dozens of witnesses watching.
And virtually nothing happens to them.
Well this is a true travesty of justice.
The city of Norfolk -- depends on tourism it's obvious they don't want to -- in the public arena but my job here is to tell you the truth and expose wrongdoing.
This whole case is shameful and by the way the nor -- media attacked the factor.
For its coverage of the crime.
That is shameful as well.
That's -- top top story tonight -- bring attorney functions -- Kelly is a number of legal things talk about first of -- how the victims in this case you.
British and that they the male victim is doing fine and we don't know the update on the woman but we have.
Every reason to believe she's recovered I think they're both back at the newspaper working there our producer Dan bank actually talked to them one was off the record the other says he's all right.
Neither of them we should point out in the interest of fairness want the story covered.
They wanted to go away although we should say that they filed a complaint against the police department for the way in which they handled this investigation.
When it first got started and that is a case we asked with the police department that is a case that is still being handled impending.
Right so the two victims.
Said the police department offered wasn't doing and they -- not investigating and that clears a front led to the ultimate result in the case now of course they want to solve this case.
But -- a problem.
The newspaper -- -- he's hurt him he'll want to story.
It's not a mob and if you listen in the -- -- -- -- -- one of all the stories I've listened to the mall and I was on with you when you first filed -- request for the these 91 takes to wish for Bill O'Reilly the public is entitled to those tapes.
That we here not only take all the time and what they said -- -- factor first was.
You can't have because -- out of state well then we pointed out to them that's not an exception to your obligation to disclose this information to -- -- said.
Well actually it's not because that it's because we have an ongoing investigation.
Well we had to live with that until the investigation was officially closed which it is now and now we hear the -- analogy -- the terrified victim on it but you hear people describing it as a mob.
-- -- -- so why is the Virginia pilot robot who happens to be not only a journalist but the Boston these two journalists telling you want me to answer that better.
Not -- -- back.
Action because the editor of the Virginia pilot is an interest -- in the news he's interest in protecting the image of the city because that's where the money is made in tourism.
That's what it's all about last question on this for tonight.
Ridiculous would you agree with that.
They they there is no punishment right know before they just get close to five -- who actually assault of the president and find one.
Three get up with nothing one gets a slap -- -- -- okay so it's ridiculous how often does this happen around the country where people are.
Physically -- nothing happens to these -- I have no way of knowing that as a fact but I can tell you this where there's good police investigation in a case like this we have this many eyewitnesses.
It should be readily -- attainable who was involved and people are giving descriptions even on and I don't want tapes.
Of the outfits being worn by the perpetrators and if you had a quick acting.
I see no reason why they couldn't have found the proper identifications including the two victims who could participated ninety's meant to this is just nice it's shameful possibly would agree I would I think it -- -- this is on you for covering it.
It's a fraud claim on to our and it's -- -- huge stain on them and Norfolk Virginia is no doubt about it right since senator Dianne Feinstein California uses is the assault weapons ban which they did -- for ten years here.
My question you know we'll let this thing go through the -- we'll see.
But the votes in the house and senate but the last time the -- was passed was there any meaningful challenge.
Too it sure wasn't because that was a 94 in the NRA at the time said you believe that they did not have a particularly friendly make up on the Supreme Court -- -- NRA didn't challenge now so they didn't want gun rights getting adjudicated under that court records I'm very likely now be.
We're not only there's two things that have changed the -- it's very different now has more right meaning that it was then.
And number two.
This band that she is proposed as much more broad than the one that was put in place back in 1994 and are still getting our look at -- -- efforts -- addition to put it out today.
But it looks like among other things she wants to ban.
That have detachable magazines -- clips and and one characteristic of -- military weapon.
Did they hadn't died in 94 -- -- you have to have two or more characteristics I took a visit from bill just passed in New York State their -- -- suggestions that the New York State prohibition.
Is going to be found unconstitutional.
Because it comes to close to taking handguns -- so you millions of Americans fully expect this go to Supreme Court.
The Feinstein I India.Arie his -- look at this much differently this time around but I don't think it's gonna test is on the books written on the senate.
We have a minute left on Tuesday is -- legal segment told everybody about Pennsylvania professor college professor who.
Murdered his wife -- a crowbar.
And was gonna be let out of jail after five years on.
Pennsylvania has reversed it rescinded that what happened the Parole Board.
Reverse its decision in the wake of a couple things the family -- -- -- -- met with a Parole Board it went into the national media.
And most critically the judge the trial judge who tried the case wrote an unbelievable letter to the Parole Board saying don't do this when I sent a stem.
I only game five to ten because that guidelines required me to do that.
I wanted to give much more the -- actually -- -- be given three to four wasn't gonna do Vatican five to ten thinking he'd be still drive -- I don't like he said don't release it -- a dangerous man I was reversed himself I think was he is -- legal ladies nobody wants to mess with them and I really don't I've tried -- thank you thank you.