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August 23rd, 2013
01:20 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": The heroes of the Georgia school shooting, Blow and Ferguson clash over race in murder

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Police Chief Cedric Alexander on Antoinetts Tuff’s courage: “She's really just an extraordinary individual”

On Thursday, DeKalb Country Police Chief Cedric Alexander joined “Piers Morgan Live” to weigh in on the close call that could have devastated his community and the success of the “booker heroAntoinette Tuff.

“I think there's something to be learned certainly from the actions that she took that day,” Alexander told Piers, referring to the tactful way in which Tuff convinced 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill to surrender his AK-47 and submit to the police. “What came across very clear to all of us, she was calm. She maintained her composure. She stayed focused on him. She was able to empathize with where he was at this particular moment and time in his life and she also shared some of her own experiences, as well.”

“It created an environment for him where he begin to feel safe,” Alexander continued, “it calmed him down, and it also probably ... kept her very calm as well, too. Because also if you remember from one part of her tape, she even states that inside I was certainly very frightened of what was going on, paraphrasing what she's stating but she was clearly very frightened here. But her being able to connect with him was crucial. It saved lives and she's really just an extraordinary individual.”

  • Blow and Ferguson clash over race in the murder of Christopher Lane

The Oklahoma town of Duncan is coming to grips with the thrill-killing of 23-year-old Christopher Lane. But the tragedy has reignited national conversation over the role of race in both the crime and the media’s coverage of it. On Thursday, Piers Morgan hosted a lively debate on the issue between CNN contributor Ben Ferguson and "The New York Times" columnist and CNN political commentator Charles Blow where arguments were drawn from the George Zimmerman trial.

“What this particular case shows us is how the system of justice is actually supposed to work and how people thought that it would have worked in the Trayvon Martin case, as well,” Blow argued. “That something really horrible happens, and we figure out who did it, and we immediately take those people into custody, and we've - on Tuesday they had a charge. I mean, you set a court date and you say that we're going to let the justice system figure out what the facts are. That is not what happened in the Trayvon Martin case.”

Blows conclusion? “If the Trayvon Martin situation had actually happened in the same way that this case happened, you would have had no outrage.”

But Ferguson prescribed more significance to the backlash that Zimmerman confronted after having been fairly tried, critiquing Blow’s argument as hypocritical:

“If you look at the differences in these two cases and this is where you're having a very selective memory because you think George Zimmerman is guilty still even though a jury of his peers found him innocent and you still don't want to treat him as a free, innocent man now ... You didn't like the police and how they investigated it. You didn't like the outcome they didn't charge him with a crime and so therefore you decided that as an American who wasn't there that night, who didn't investigate it, that you would be against George Zimmerman, even though there was, in fact, people that were doing their job. You just didn't like how they did their job.”

But the truth remains, unless you were at the scene of the crime, you can only speculate.

  • Principal Brian Bolden on keeping guns in the hands of trained professionals

The stories of gun violence that flooded the headlines this week provided one more concern for teachers and parents as a new school year approaches. Debates over arming teachers have been in full force since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last December with very opinionated voices on both sides. “Piers Morgan Live” hosted Dr. Brian Bolden, the principal of the McNair Discovery Learning Academy who, with help, prevented a potential catastrophe at his school on Tuesday, to discuss the heated issue.

Bolden referred to Tuesday’s events as an example of why professionals like DeKalb Country Police Chief Cedric Alexander should be left with the responsibility to serve and protect:

“When I saw the look of intensity in his eyes, I knew that we were in the best possible hands. His staff, they were so well-poised and trained and it took the - you know, the strain off of me as the leader of that school that I could relinquish the authority to him and his team was just exceptional…With leaders like this in place, I think that we're in pretty good hands.”

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  1. brasstacs

    Charles Blow can not seem to understand that George Zimmerman was found not guilty in a court of law and his self defense case was determined Justified from the evidence presented in that trial...In short Zimmerman was not guilty because he acted in self defense period..which has nothing to do with a "stand your ground" plea On the other hand, those 3 dregs that murdered the student from Australia may at least in part be motivated by racism from the evidence known so far..,and without question there is a glaring ugly double standard in the biased liberal media, Ferguson won that debate hands down. And none of these case's has anything to do with gun control...Those thugs had that gun illegally,which if anything shows that gun control doesn't work.

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  3. Cliff Siebert

    It is just astonishing to see how MUCH fame & goodwill the African Americans bring to America and yet are treated like second class citizens. When you consider the demographics of the country the percentage of achievements by this group simply outstrips white americans, when it comes to defending the Country in it's many wars from which a small percentage of white Americans make vast amounts of money it is once again the black man who raises his hand and still he is marginalised & ostracised. A perfect example is the black lady who convinced a mentally disturbed heavily armed young white boy to surrender to the police, I am certain had it been an NRA trained white teacher the young boy would have been shot dead. Come on America dont be so apathetic have the political will to force the changes required to uplift all the citizens of your Country. Us white people here in South Africa also tended to turn a blind eye to the goings on of our poliiticians which probably set the development and prosperity of our Country back fifty years!!! dont make the same mistake America

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