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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 25th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Giuliani on Ferguson: 'Racial arsonists' sparked violence, police should arrest first person who 'throws a stone'

(CNN) – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says police officers should have immediately cracked down on violent protesters in Ferguson.

"They made a terrible mistake in backing off. The first person who throws a stone, the first person who breaks a window, who lights a fire should get arrested. There should be a clear delineation," Giuliani said in an interview with CNN"s "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The ex-mayor also said well-organized "racial arsonists" incited much of Monday night's violence, and had planned riots days ago.
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November 25th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Fmr. prosecutor 'embarrassed' by handling of Ferguson grand jury

(CNN) – Former Federal Prosecutor Paul Butler slammed the handling of the Ferguson grand jury, which decided Monday not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"This grand jury was not going to indict the police officer for killing this young black child. Why? Because the prosecutor did not want them to," Butler said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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November 25th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Can Wilson return to work on the Ferguson Police Department?

(CNN) – A grand jury decided not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Having been accused and ultimately cleared, can Wilson now go back to work at the Ferguson police department?

Business Manager of the St. Louis Police Officers' Association Jeff Roorda weighs in on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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November 25th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Ferguson mayor has not talked to Missouri governor since August

(CNN) – The mayor of Ferguson told reporters that he hasn't talked to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon since August.

Mayor James Knowles said he was calling Monday night, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, to see if he could get some help from the national guard deployed to the city. He couldn't get anybody on the phone.

CNN's Evan Pérez reports.

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November 25th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Ferguson after the decision: What went wrong

(CNN) – Video from the New York Times recorded after the news came down Monday about the grand jury decision in Ferguson showed a tearful Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, speaking briefly to supporters before being overcome by emotion. Her husband - Brown's stepfather, Louis Head - consoles her, and then turns and revs up the crowd, saying "Burn this motherf-er down."

"He was expressing a sentiment that a lot of folks in that crowd felt and when he said those words, though, the mood did change and things got a little bit out of control," said St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was there when Head made the remarks.
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