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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.

national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Lawmaker: If Wilson is not charged in Ferguson, a ‘simmering anger’ will surely materialize

(CNN) – Will Ferguson erupt in protest if the grand jury does not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown?

Once a decision is reached, law enforcement will be given 48 hours notice before a public announcement is made. Officials in Missouri are hoping for calm, but bracing for violence if Wilson is not indicted.

Three people were arrested Thursday night after clashing with police.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri has been very vocal about the killing of Brown and in a recent op-ed wrote if Wilson is not charged "a simmering anger among African-Americans will surely materialize."

But does he see any possibility that Wilson feared for his life? Check out our interview with Rep. Cleaver in the video above.

national lead

November 21st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Police rep: Wilson indictment 'unlikely'

(CNN) – Despite the many efforts to keep the peace in Ferguson, once the grand jury decision is revealed, one state official says he's afraid those efforts won't be enough.

"I don't believe, based on what I know, that Officer Wilson will be indicted," said Democratic Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda, also the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
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national lead

November 21st, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign; grand jury decision nears

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - As a grand jury gets closer to deciding whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the man who fatally shot Michael Brown is in the final stages of negotiations with Ferguson city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said.

The grand jury was in session Friday, as it has been for weeks. A decision on whether to formally charge Wilson in Brown's death could come the same day, law enforcement officials have said.

Wilson has maintained he's done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether he is indicted, the sources said.

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national lead

November 20th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

FSU shooting witness: I thought I was going to die

(CNN) – Gunshots rattled a packed Florida State University library early Thursday, with three people getting hurt as hundreds of students huddled between bookshelves before police encountered and killed the gunman outside.

Blair Stokes, a senior at Florida State University, was huddled on the fourth floor of the library, when the shooting happened. She scanned the stacks, looking for the biggest book, hoping it would protect her if the shooter made it the fourth floor. She evaluated her laptop, wondering if it could possibly shield her.

"And then there was a point where I was like, if these things can't protect me, then I might as well make sure people know what happened," Stokes said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

That's when she started sending chilling messages out on Twitter as the event unfolded:
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national lead

November 20th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Milwaukee police chief calls out protesters

(CNN) – The shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer exposed a deeply rooted mistrust of police among many minorities not just in Ferguson but nationwide.

Ferguson became a symbol for the frustrations playing out in towns and cities across America, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Officer Christopher Manney shot a mentally ill African American man 14 times, killing him, during a confrontation back in April.
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