News anchors risked their lives in Ferguson on Monday night, as one CNN reporter was struck in the head by a rock during a live broadcast and two of her colleagues choked on tear gas. One MSNBC anchor was also forced off air by gunfire.
CNN reporter Sara Sidner was reporting on the rioting crowds outside a burning car dealership when she was struck by a rock from behind.
“I’m OK, I’m OK,” Sidner said. “I’ve been hit with much worse in my day.”
At the same time, reporters Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo suffered the effects of what was allegedly tear gas after it was fired into the crowd they were standing with. Although Lemon appeared ready to flee, Cuomo continued the report.
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During a separate report, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes was forced to cut his live broadcast short after gunshots were fired nearby. He was reporting on firefighters arriving at a burning Sam’s Meat Market when the sound of automatic weapons was heard in the background.
Despite claims that police were deploying tear gas, the St. Louis County Police Department tweeted at 10:21 P.M. that day that no tear gas was being used by authorities. Instead, police were reportedly using smoke to break up unruly crowds.
Violence and chaos consumed Ferguson on Monday night following the decision not to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson.
The jurors were “the only people who heard every witness … and every piece of evidence,” Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said. “These grand jurors poured their hearts and soul into this process.”
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McCulloch added that many witnesses presented conflicting statements that were inconsistent with physical evidence.
President Barack Obama and Michael Brown’s family asked for calm on Monday night. So far, there have been 29 arrests and 13 injures, but no fatalities. According to police, they have not fired any shots.