Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: How the Cable Networks Are Covering It

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Ferguson protests on Nov. 24, 2014

Michael Brown was shot at least six times on Aug. 9

White Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The cable networks have been covering the lead-up since the afternoon and carried the announcement live.

Don Lemon and Jake Tapper anchored coverage from Ferguson, Mo., earlier Monday, with Anderson Cooper on tap to anchor for the night. Ahead of the decision, Lemon reported on-air that a source close to the family said Wilson would not be indicted. Chris Cuomo is on deck for CNN in the morning. Reporters in Ferguson include Ana Cabrera, Jason Carroll, Stephanie Elam, Sunny Hostin, Ed Lavandera, Evan Perez and Sara Sidner.

Lemon told Cooper he "heard gunshots this evening" fired on the streets of Ferguson, including four shots fired just after the jury's decision was announced. He was later wearing a gas mask and reported that police had dispensed tear gas. Carroll added that he saw police in riot gear step in at one point when Ferguson protesters began to get unruly. 

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Fox News Channel is featuring live coverage of the decision, beginning with The O’Reilly Factor at 8 p.m. ET, continuing with The Kelly File at 9 p.m. ET and Hannity at 10 p.m. ET, Shepard Smith Reporting at 11 p.m. ET and The Kelly File returning for round two at midnight. Its correspondents stationed out of Clayton, Mo., include Mike Tobin, Steve Harrigan and Adam Housley, who are all on the ground in Clayton.

Former NYC major Rudy Giuliani was a guest on Hannity, where he said that the jury's decision took a "tremendous amount of courage." Tobin, who was coughing from the tear gas, said that he observed protesters "taunting the police, kneeling down in the street, throwing things in their direction." He said police were only temporarily able to get the protesters to "disburse, and then [the groups of protesters] form back up again."

Harrigan reported that Ferguson Market & Liquor and a McDonald's had been broken into and were being looted, with the reporter watching as a baseball bat was used to break a window. One of the looters saw and confronted the Fox News cameraman, with the camera then going dark.

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Chris Hayes anchored the lead-up for MSNBC, broadcasting on location in Ferguson. Rachel Maddow reported that there had "been some acute confrontations" by protesters. She added: "It's really hard to see people in danger again and with this much anger."

The Aug. 9 shooting of Brown sparked a national outrage. He was shot at least six times, according to an early autopsy report. In the days leading up to the verdict, Attorney General Eric Holder called for demonstrators to remain nonviolent, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard for security reasons. Brown's father called for peace ahead of the verdict, regardless of its outcome. 

Several broadcast networks broke in to cover the news. ABC preempted Dancing With the Stars by broadcasting the entire announcement, while Brian Williams-led coverage preempted The Voice for NBC. CBS had a news scroll during the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game saying that it would cover the news soon, while Fox stuck with Sleepy Hollow and also featured a news scroll on the screen.

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