CNN's Don Lemon: National Guard Soldier Used the 'N-Word' in Ferguson

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who has been covering the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., told a news-show audience that a Missouri National Guardsman sent to restore the peace used the 'n-word' to describe protesters. 


Yesterday, Lemon reported that one of his producers was approached by a National Guard solider who said, "You want to get out of here because you're white, because these 'n-words,' you never know what they're going to do."

Lemon, who is black, told the audience of the "Town Hall: Black and White in America" show that he is certain that the account of the racial epithet is true, and said that his producer doesn't lie. 

A day earlier, police tried to shut down Lemon's live satellite feed from Ferguson as he stood among peaceful protesters.  

"I think we're about to be arrested because we're standing on a sidewalk," Lemon reported from Ferguson as an officer pushed him and others away. Soon after, a law-enforcement officer pushed Lemon back and yelled "move out of the way!"  

As the police officer continued to jostle Lemon and the crowd behind him, the reporter began to complain about the treatment on camera, which seemed to prompt the officer to direct his attention on another group of people. 

"So, we're on national television," said Lemon. "Imagine what they do...what they did before, when they're not on national television."

Watch the video from "Black and White in America" below:

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