This afternoon, CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared on “The Situation Room” to discuss the grand jury’s decision not to indict a NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Lemon cautioned against making what happened into a race issue:


“Here’s what I want people to do, and I know it’s hard to do: Take the issue of race out of this and put Eric Garner of any ethnic persuasion on that ground. This is a case of excessive force.”

It didn’t take long for the venom to flow:



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