News anchors found themselves uncomfortably close to the action during live broadcasts of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri last night, as a CNN reporter was filmed being struck on the head with a rock, two of her colleagues choked on tear gas, and an MSNBC anchor was forced off air by gunfire.
While reporting on the angry crowds outside a burning car dealership on Florrissant Avenue, CNN’s Sara Sidner managed to keep composed despite being struck by a projectile thrown from behind.
Meanwhile her colleagues Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo were also both reporting on the protests when a tear gas canister was fired or lobbed into the crowd they were standing with. As Lemon ducked and looked prepared to flee, Cuomo was handed the microphone and continued the report.
Lemon later reappeared on camera wearing a gas mask over his face, but was unable to continue reporting and was heard asking for water
A short time later MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes was forced to cut short a live broadcast and run for cover as gunshots rung out around him.
Ferguson descended into lawlessness, chaos and fire overnight after a grand jury decided not to prosecute police Officer Darren Wilson over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown….
By John Hall and Pete D’amato – MailOnline.com –