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November 20th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Some police families in Ferguson fear for their safety

Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association talks about a fear for safety some Ferguson police families feel.  Find out how they're dealing with it as a verdict for Officer Darren Wilson is just around the corner.

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  1. cbhomes533

    Reblogged this on Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts Real Estate.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:53 am |
  2. Reese mc Kenna

    She tries too hard to be a Kelley personality Brooke is terrible. No wonder cnn is failing

    November 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
  3. Dominic Michael

    With all the hype over Michael Brown and the Ferguson Police one thing seems to be missing. St Louis has always been a very violent dangerous place. Why hasn't someone done some background. This event is not surpirsing but that it doesn't happen more often. Where is Paul Harvey when we need page 2?

    November 22, 2014 at 8:13 am |
  4. D estes

    CNN talking about possible charges in grand jury case. Their premis is wrong. They are acting like this is a citizen self defense. Not the case, this is a police officer inforcing the law. He tried to detain a fleein felon, who tried to take his gun and kill the officer. Normal self defense laws do not pertain. If they do, every officer should quit their jobs. Using deadly force is requirement of the job. If they can be jailed for making a mistake, all police officers should quit. Not worth it.

    November 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
  5. Fred bronson

    does anyone else have a problem with this? They show the kid stealing from a store, and from what has been shown he did confront the officer. If he had robed a black person they'd be crying to the white police why don't you do something, you won't because your discrimanating against us. Then you have this one preacher who pretty much has come out and said let them steal don't shoot them. I have another idea cut their welfare and make them find a job work for what they want. If they bring charges against that man then the US is lost to group pressure and it will never end. Let them roit, pull the police out and let them go after each other. They'll calm down when the welfare checks come out

    November 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
  6. ckt54

    It's a police officer doing his job while white. If same exact scenario happened and it was a black p.o. you would have heard nothing about this. cnn,hln.msnbc, have their highest ratings when they incite this type of reporting. If there is death injuries or violence when the grand jury announces it is on the hands of these media outlets.

    November 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm |
  7. F. Perkins

    Wolff Blitzer is a sensationalist NOT a journalist. He did the same type of reporting with the Boston Marathon, as he is doing with the Michael Brown issue. He is too free to point his own opinion into conversations or voice a half assed opinion. He is too emotionally excited when reporting, too stimulating with negativity. I am not too sure why CNN has him as a reporter. There is nothing soothing about him.....too pushy....too demanding/expecting of other reporters working with him. God hekp us all if this is an example of what a reporter is today.

    November 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
  8. F. Perkins

    Michael Brown was a thief, bully, and a had no respect for a store owner or the law. He had a past history as a criminal and he died a criminal. His family knew this and allowed this behavior Ptlman Wilson was doing his job....he needed to protect himself and his community. This cop was probably frightened as this 285 lb. bully charged him.... Negative behavior cannot be allowed to be rewarded and these people on the streets of Ferguson need to be held accountable. Michael Brown needed to be held accountable. The preacher who allows the people to steal Needs to reread the 10 commandments....thou shall not steal...and this I'm sure was not the 1st time with Michael Brown......just no one was brave enough to stop him.

    November 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
  9. Name*gary hoover

    I have been watching cnn for 30 years or so. I am also a former police also and I am very disappointed that your reporters seem to be defending the people in Mo.that are acting like a bunch of animals. If people like Sunny keep giving her option instead of facts I will stop watching CNN. GARY HOOVER

    November 25, 2014 at 9:37 am |
  10. ckt54

    You would think that if they cared so much about Michael Brown they would at the very least read the evidence that the witnesses gave including black witnesses' who testified to the same as Officer Wilson's account of what happened. The scientific evidence and forsenics confirmed the truthfulness of they're testimony. While others were thought to be purgers thru the same forsenics and scientific evidence. But yet you still have Sunny Hostin, Van Johnson,Mark Lamont Hill,Jeffrey Toubin,attorneys for Brown family,Mark Geragos,to name just a few still stoking the flames on CNN. The President and Holder have followed this case from the beginning and know the evidence as well as anyone and they should have done more to stop this violence and rioting. Instead they had Al Sharpton at the white house and told him to carry on with what he was doing. We all know what Al Sharpton is. I just hope and pray that the american people will now finally open their eyes to cable news channels like CNN and see that they donot tell the american people the whole or part of the truth when they report. Please stop watching these channels if you want the truth and incidences like this won't happen or the very least tell CNN you insist on the truth and not just commentary and pundits on who don't tell the entire truth on any story. Cable channels like this have done nothing but divide this country including the president and holder.

    November 25, 2014 at 9:53 am |
  11. Amy Wynne

    Don Lemon, I commend you on your conversation earlier with Jesse Jackson. When you reminded him that the teachings of Dr. Luther King Jr. taught peaceful protest and shot him down when he tried to make excuses for the war zone that happened in Ferguson last night was right on point. Thank you for your coverage. Oh, and Ashleigh, we still miss you in the DFW Metroplex Area!!!!

    November 25, 2014 at 11:29 am |
  12. ckt54

    BTW, If the Brown family didn't want any violence or rioting then why were they there after the decision was made standing on top of a vehicle crying and step father shouting to the crowd to burn this place down? Stop making excuses for this behavior and the behavior of the protesters. I too have lost a son, I understand what that is like, but to ignore the evidence and keep on stoking and creating lies and excuses and hatred and violence because the evidence didn't show what you wanted it to is insane. Stop blaming others for Michael Browns decision to do what he did and the family and protesters to do what they did. There's no excuse. BTW, watch the video of family inciting the crowd.

    November 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm |
  13. Phil Gordon

    I grieve for the family and with the family. Iam perplexed because if Mike Brown was not reported as stealing, he would not be on the police radar. I believe Iam safe to say that if Mike Brown's behavior was different, he would yet be alive. Ask his mom or dad, why was it neceesary for Mike to steal? Nevertheless, the police could have handled this another way

    November 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
  14. ckt54

    How can the lawyers and the family and all the pundits call this grand jury decision unfair and rigged when the President sent Holder to Ferguson and the FBI to watch over this process of the grand jury? Do they really with a sane mind believe this DA would do anything with the eyes of the President and Holder and the FBI and the eyes of the world on him and Ferguson that would be unfair and rigged? CNN stop giving them excuses for their behavior because this police officer was just doing his job while white.

    November 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm |
  15. cpinkham

    If he had not stole The police would not have been called and if he had not tried to get away, he would still be alive, perhapes people should teach their childen not to rob and to obey the police?

    November 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
  16. football44

    I was just watching the interview with Michael Brown's parents. They said their was no way their son cursed at the police officer, assaulted the police officer or tried to take his gun. Did they see him rob the store? It is amazing that none of the reporters will even commit about him robbing the store and assaulting the store clerk. CNN is one sided in covering the story. Tell the truth. Their are very few blacks that are shot by the police. The vast majority is shot by other blacks. The media makes like the police is hunting down blacks and killing them.. It is a joke.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
  17. wesley

    I think everyone has "derailed" when it comes to traveling down the tracks. This is a sad situation for everybody. This unfortunate situation had NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE and it was an opportunity for raciest individuals to take advantage of it. It never fails that the media and Instigators can not report a story without having to make the public aware of the race of those involved.If we are going to point fingers of those that were at fault, lets place the blame on those that were wrong. Sadly, when Mr. Brown who was not a "child", walked into that convenient store that afternoon with his intention to commit a robbery by violence, (along with anaccomplice), Mr. Brown set off a chain of events that led to what occured that afternoon. I was not there to witness anything but if you viewed the store's video where he violently attacked the employee of the business by wrapping his hands around the employees Throat. I might add that the business it is now burnt to the ground just after people Looted it Mr. Brown attorney along with others have made the situation worse by attempting to make the public think Mr. Brown was just a child. Mr. Brown was not a child. He had graduated from high school and was fixing to start college so it was obvious he was educated enough to understand that if he commited a robbery of a convenient store by useing violence (which was completely unnecessary to begin with). As far as the statement I heard from one of the guest of the show were she stated " charge officer Wilson and let him have his day in court", was inappropriate. The case had already went through the first stage of the system and the grand jury made their decision and indicated there was no or not enough probable cause to charge him. They was not instructed on one particular charge, in fact they where given a list of possible charges and allowed them to choose one. We may not agree on how the case was presented and we may disagree with the grand juries Decision but thats how our system works and we must respect it. She made the statement to charge him anyway and arrest him. Then what happens when he is found that he acted in self defense? Do we keep charging him until we are satisfied? Do you realize when a person is charged with a crime that record follows you everywhere you go for the remainder of your life? The rest of his life he can never have an oppertunity to support his family because he then must carry around with him always hanging over his head that he was charged with murder. Not just for Mr. Wilson. That applies to everyone that has been arrested. Even when you are found innocent. Place yourself in that person's situation. Our justice system does not work that way. The system does not charge people just because... You must have probable cause to arrest and charge someone. So I just want to see the racist instagators stop using sad situations as this one to try to factor racism into it. We have a system that allows people to protest which is great we live in a country where we allow it, but when you hold an event to protest, you also assume liability and some since of responsibility for those protestor's actions. When the violence started right after Mr. Browns Step Father jumped onto the platform and screamed at the top of his longs and at one point he made the jesture wanting a microphone with the intent to be heard by as many people that could hear him, That was when the peaceful protest crossed the line. That was an individual that clearly, supported and promoted the violence that night.He clearly instructed the protesters to use violence that only adding more people to the list of victims. The Brown family attorney stated he was provoked by someone shoving a camera in his face was a complete fabracation. He introduced himself to the camera and wanted to be heard by wanting a microphone after he jumped on to the platform to be heard. The media coverage that I saw, I did not see a camera being shoved in his face, in fact,it appeared to be just the oposite. Now I am not one to "blog" about much but when instagators intentionaly mislead the people by trying to make a race issue out of anything that happens in this country are not any different than terrorizm. They come into your community, promote trouble and leave after the trouble starts, then try to justify their issue. I am so sorry for the Brown family and pray for them as well as for the officer. What happened was a terrible thing. Once the water clears from those that stirred the mud to intentionaly fog the facts, It is clear this was not a race issue but an issue of a crime that occured, then went terribly wrong. Again, we should ask ourselves what and who was the primary aggressor and what set off this violent but sad chain of events. I agree that Officers sometime place themselves in a situation that escalates to a point to where it would not occure if the aggresivness toward the citizen (regardless of race) was not so overwhelming. I ask that we pray for the Brown family, the officer as well as all the victims that was introduced to the situation. I also ask each one of us to pray for this country. Issues can be resolved if we all work together, admit the truth and move forward. These racist instigators continue to drag us backwards. We can not continue to knock each other around while other countries watch us distroy ourselves. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER AND STAND TALL.

    November 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
  18. Marlene

    why didn't Officer Darren Wilson Just shoot him in the leg then take him into custody. There was no need to shoot that many times. This is just my opinion.

    November 28, 2014 at 11:15 am |
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    if Brown had not robbed that store he would not be where he is now!!!!

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