Incredible! Watch CNN Anchor Suggest Using Water Cannons On Ferguson Protestors

Published On August 19, 2014 | By Bob Rowen |

In a discussion about what non-lethal tactics are at the disposal of authorities in Ferguson, CNN anchor Rosemary Church suggested the use of Water cannons. It took a moment to digest, but then her co-anchor, Errol Barnett gave her a look of incredulity that all but screamed, Are you nuts?  This was more than an off the cuff response. It was a symptom of the tone deafness of so many in this country about what is wrong in Ferguson and much of the rest of the country.

The problems in Ferguson erupted after the death of unarmed, Michael Brown. But there is a much larger issue at the center of the protests. The issue of police overreaction toward unarmed citizens has been a growing concern throughout the country and especially in places like Ferguson where the population is mostly black, but the police force is overwhelmingly white.

The incident itself, a case of a police officer using lethal force to subdue an unarmed suspect that resulted in an unnecessary death, had people in the streets protesting an investigation they had no faith would be anything but a farce. The police responded to the crowd with tactics aimed at forcing the crowd to disperse, which only inflamed the crowd further.

Since that time, the police have escalated their tactics, their equipment and their numbers only to see the crowd’s numbers and anger increase in equal degrees. And now the National Guard has arrived, not to replace the police, but to buttress their numbers.

It is this kind of tone deafness that makes another Ferguson inevitable. The sense that by escalating police presence and response, the population will be cowed into quiet only infuriates Americans more. It further widens the divide between the population and the authorities into an us vs. them standoff. Congressman Steve King made clear on which side of that divide he stands late last week when he said,

“…they needed to “settle down” and “straighten up and fly right.”

And so the escalation continues. Violence begets violence. It always has.

You can watch Church below discussing water cannons with co-anchor, Errol Barnett.

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A lifelong politics junkie with particular interests in privatization and other business and labor issues like minimum wage and immigration.Robert Rowen is also a writer of fiction.His first novel is called The Ballad of Llewellynn.

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