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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 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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national lead

November 20th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Michael Brown's family braces for ruling in Ferguson

(CNN) – Local and federal law enforcement officials have sent out alerts that they are getting ready for protests across the country following the grand jury ruling in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. Brown's father is even shooting a public service announcement urging calm.

The Brown family "is very concerned" that Wilson will not be indicted, said Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney.

"Historically ... when you think about when police officers are ever held accountable when they kill young people of color, it's an issue," said Crump. "Normally when they kill our children, it's just swept under the rug."

If Wilson is indicted, "he will still get his day in court. Nobody's going to say he didn't get his constitutional rights of innocent until proven guilty," said Crump. "The real issue is if he's not even charged. Then the Brown family has no chance of getting justice for their child."

For more of our interview with attorney Benjamin Crump, check out the video above.

money lead

November 19th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Can rape accusations against Bill Cosby be prosecuted?

(CNN) – The tally of Bill Cosby's alleged rape victims now stands at 15, a number that includes women who never came forward, but were named as "Jane Does" in a civil suit against the comedian more than a decade ago.

The most recent accusation is being levied by a woman who was once a huge star in her own right. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, supermodel Janice Dickinson accused Cosby of assaulting her in 1982.
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