A Fox News debate on how to tackle crime in St. Louis went nuclear on Thursday after expert Geraldo Rivera asked network contributor and civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell when he was last “in the ghetto”.
On America’s Newsroom hosted by Bill Hemmer, the two pundits discussed St. Louis Mayor-elect Tishaura Jones’s new crime plan for the city, which is experiencing record levels of violence. The plan includes hiring more social workers to work with the police, addiction and mental health treatment, and mandatory mental health assessments for police.
“I wish her the best. She seems very idealistic but unrealistic in many ways,” Rivera said of Jones’ plan.
Terrell said he was totally against his efforts, which he said would “essentially give the keys to the city to the criminals.”
Hemmer then asked Terrell to comment on a comment Jones made during the mayoral race. Jones told her opponent that while she liked the “white allies,” she didn’t believe they had had the experience it took to be able to run a majority minority city.
Terrell said it was “the most insulting racist comment” and that it was offensive for Jones to suggest that she was better prepared to run the city because she was black.
“Hey Leo, when was the last time you were in the ghetto?” Rivera asked.
“How dare you say that?” Cried Terrell. “You don’t know anything about me! How dare you say that? “
“I have been a civil rights lawyer for 30 years. I have been fighting discrimination for 30 years, ”he added.
Rivera later apologized on Twitter:
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