Charles Barkley Calls Ferguson Looters 'Scumbags'

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Former NBA star and current Inside the NBA analyst Charles Barkley has called Ferguson, Missouri looters "scumbags," while applauding police officers who work in black neighborhoods. Barkley added that he supports the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting of Michael Brown.

Regarding the Ferguson verdict, Barkley told Mike Missanelli at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Tuesday that "the true story came out from the grand jury testimony."

Sir Charles added that he was aware of "key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story. I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other."

Barkley commented on the looting in Ferguson, saying, "there is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars."

The response to Barkley's comments has been mixed:

Barkley went on to praise police officers, and remarked, “We have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods."

The NBA great added, "We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. ... Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn't for the cops?”