CNN anchor Don Lemon has drawn a good deal of criticism for calling on young black men to pull up their pants, but while reporting in Ferguson, Lemon quickly learned that you can be a well dressed CNN anchor and still be mistreated by the police.
While Lemon was reporting for CNN, he shouted “I think we’re about to be arrested.”
Although Lemon was not arrested, he was physically shoved by police who yelled, “Move out of the way, sir. Move!”
“We’ve been standing here all day,” Lemon tried to explain as the officer pushed him back.
“I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon added. “Now you see why people are so upset here, because we have been here all day…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.”
Lemon attempted to get an answer on why they were being moved but was only told that there were “traffic concerns.”
“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,” Lemon explained.
The situation didn’t get any better overnight either, since Captain Ron Johnson says a small group of law breakers caused trouble during protests.
“Our officers came under heavy gunfire” said Johnson. “This was not an act of protesters. This was an act of viοlent criminals.”
Johnson says the problems last night stemmed from a loud and angry group of protesters who faced off with police.
“Police did not react,” Johnson said. “That’s when bottles were thrown from the middle and the edge” of the group.
In all, 31 people were arrested overnight.
Watch Don Lemon’s scuffle with police: