CNN’s Jake Tapper and Don Lemon reported from Ferguson, Mo. Monday night, amid clashes between protesters and police. Earlier in the evening, Tapper questioned the level of police involvement given the number of protesters in the vicinity.
“Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America, okay? These are armed police, with — not machine guns — semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there’s been violence, but there is nothing going on, on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.”
As the evening progressed, the scene changed. Tapper and his crew retreat after a tear gas canister was shot in their direction following objects being thrown at police. CNN’s Lemon then interviewed Leo York, a freelance photographer whom Tapper came across minutes earlier after York was hit with a can of tear gas. By day’s end, two protesters were shot and 31 people were arrested.
Tuesday night at 10pm, Lemon will host a live town hall on the topic of race in America following the August 9 shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson of Michael Brown in the Missouri town.
WATCH, coverage from Monday night: