Actress/TV host Aisha Tyler found herself overwhelmed with emotion while discussing a grand jury’s decision not to indict Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August during her talk show on Tuesday.
Violent protests erupted around last night after the ruling was announced, and Tyler admits the decision left her “depressed and heartbroken”.
In a segment on her chat show The Talk the day after, the former Friends star said, “It’s almost difficult to know how to feel about what’s happening in Ferguson because this has happened so many times before… I’m outraged and I want to act, but I really just feel depressed.
“I expected that he (Wilson) wasn’t going to be indicted. He fired at an unarmed kid 12 times… With so many shootings like this you expect a different outcome and you desperately want to think we have moved past a place where you can shoot an unarmed person…
“I’m not a parent, but if I was a parent of a young black man in this country, I wouldn’t let him go outside, I wouldn’t let him leave my home. It’s a terrifying place and I love this country so much and so my heart is broken…”