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August 19th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Rep. Paul Ryan weighs in on Ferguson, poverty

(CNN) – It is difficult to talk about what's been happening in Ferguson, Missouri, without talking not just about the issue of race, but also about poverty and class.

Like many American suburbs these days, more than one-fifth of the population in Ferguson lives below the federal poverty line. How does a statistic like that play into this crisis? Some would say tremendously.

"We have to address the situation not just as another acts of systemic racism but as what it is: class warfare. To many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal," NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in Time Magazine op-ed titled "The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race."

"We have a long ways to go to cure and fight systemic poverty in America," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who notes that he is not trying to link his policies or political agenda to the situation in Ferguson.
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August 19th, 2014
09:02 AM ET

Smoke, gas, and gunshots: Chaos in Ferguson

(CNN) – A brief timeline of the clash between police and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night. CNN's Jake Tapper and Don Lemon report from the town's streets.

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August 19th, 2014
08:51 AM ET

'This has to stop': 31 arrested after fresh confrontation in Ferguson

(CNN) - More violence. More tear gas. No answers.

Stun grenades and tear gas canisters arced through the night sky and into crowds of protesters overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, after police said they had been targeted with rocks, Molotov cocktails and gunfire amid continuing demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown.

Two people were shot - not by police, authorities said. Four officers were injured. Police arrested at least 31 people.

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August 19th, 2014
08:44 AM ET

Police reaction in Ferguson doesn't make any sense

(CNN) – As tension grows in Ferguson, CNN's Jake Tapper walks between protesters and heavily armed police equipped with semi-automatic rifles, batons, and shields. Many of the police officers were dressed for combat.

There was nothing happening on the streets of Ferguson that merited a scene more fitting for Bagram Air Base.

If people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason.

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