CNN anchor Don Lemon (pictured in white) was reporting from the tense streets of Ferguson, Missouri early Monday morning, as protestors stood in solidarity against the brutal killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown (pictured), who was gunned down on August 9 by Officer Darren Wilson. Even though Lemon, who is African-American, did not get thrown in a jail cell, he did get pushed back aggressively several times by an older police officer, who seemingly did not care he was being filmed by CNN cameras.
Lemon stated, the protestors were first relegated to an area by St. Louis County police, where they could gather and eventually these same law enforcers stood in front of the ralliers and tried to forcibly push them back and away from the spot.
As the CNN cameras rolled, Lemon is holding a microphone as an officer is gruffly ordering, “Move out of the way, sir. Move!” “We’ve been standing here all day,” Lemon reported, as the officer used control tactics like using his outstretched arms to push the reporter and the crowd back.
“We’ve got rights!” a woman behind Lemon screamed.
Lemon continued his report despite the officer’s aggressiveness towards him and the crowd. “I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon stated as he was pushed backwards. “Now you see why people are so upset here, because we have been here all day,” he added. “We’re on national television. So imagine what they are doing to people when you don’t see on national television, the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”
At one point the 48-year-old, Emmy Award-winning reporter, who has received criticism from the black community for his not-very-well-thought-out generalizations about blacks, asked an officer, why he was trying to move people out of the area and the response was that they needed to get people to a parking lot area for safety reasons. Lemon assessed, “I think from my perspective here, the police actually created the traffic situation and the situation that’s going on, the chaos here, rather than the people who are just standing here.”