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His disgusted rant placed the blame for the chaos squarely on the police for showing such a forceful presence in the riot-racked town. Tapper instructed his camera crew to take shots of both the protesters, who at the time were acting peacefully, and the heavily armed officers, who, by the way, were also standing there peacefully. Tapper clearly took sides:
“Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri — in downtown America, OK?” he said. “These are armed police, with semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat.
“Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, OK? Absolutely there have been looters. Absolutely, over the last nine days there’s been violence. But there is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.
“So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn’t make any sense.”
It wasn’t long after his stinging criticism that the “peaceful” protesters started throwing stun grenades close by, according to CNN footage from early Tuesday morning.