District Attorney Ramos accepts Jon Stewart's madcap apology

Two things I will say: One. I appreciate the amount of time he gave it. And I accept his apology. But I respectfully agree to disagree with him on what the big picture is. Like I’ve been saying all along, it’s that police officers put their lives on the line every day. They have one of the most dangerous jobs in America ... and that’s the conversation that needs to happen.
— Mike Ramos

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER

Jon Stewart pounded his desk, slapped his forehead and shouted — a lot.

But within the theatrics, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” managed an apology Monday night, Dec. 8, that satisfied San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

Stewart last week criticized those who believe that the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, was an isolated case of what some are calling excessive force by police against minorities. Stewart listed the death of Victorville resident Dante Parker as among the controversial shooting deaths.

Ramos, responding in a video on his blog, told Stewart to get his facts straight: Parker was shot with a Taser, and a coroner ruled that he died from a drug overdose. Stewart responded with a Twitter message Friday admitting the mistake and said he’d apologize on the air Monday.

“One of the examples we used came from San Bernardino County, California,” Stewart said Monday. “Now the DA there had some issues with this, uh, Jon Stewart feller’s report.”

Stewart then played a clip from Ramos’ video that showed the DA at his desk.

“All right, two things,” Stewart continued. “One, why is your set nicer than mine? And two, you were right about that. District Attorney Ramos was right. We were wrong. In our list of unarmed black men shot by police, we should not have included Dante Parker. ... So I’m sorry about that.”