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Video: San Bernardino D.A. Calls Out 'The Daily Show', Show Apologizes For 'Sloppy' Mistake

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Comedy Central's news commentary show The Daily Show tweeted an apology to the San Bernardino district attorney after host Jon Stewart listed a Victorville man, who had previously died in an incident with a sheriff's deputy, as another victim of police shootings in the United States.

On the Monday, December 1 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart opened the show with a bit about the nationwide response to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Stewart ran through a list of black men killed in police shootings across the country, listing Dante Parker, who was killed in a controversial incident with a San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy in Victorville in August. Unlike the other victims Stewart listed, including 12-year old Tamir Brown Rice of Cleveland, Parker was not shot by police but actually died after being Tased.

On Wednesday, district attorney Mike Ramos of San Bernardino County called out Stewart and The Daily Show, calling them "So wrong about those facts."

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On Friday, The Daily Show tweeted an apology at the San Bernardino County's district attorney's office, admitting it was "sloppy" to mention Parker.

Ramos says that Parker died as a result of "many types of drugs" in his system after being Tasered, and that the sheriff's deputy used the weapon in self-defense. Authorities contend that Parker was burglarizing a home when the confrontation occurred. Parker's family disputes these assertions, his family attorney telling ABC 7, "Mr. Parker was not involved in the burglary of a home. Mr. Parker was not involved in a physical altercation with Deputy Irwin at the time she Tased him and did nothing to cause her to be in fear for her life."