Having witnessed the Ferguson protests both immediately after the death of Michael Brown and after Monday night’s grand-jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said the protests tonight are decidedly more sinister.
Hayes spoke live from Ferguson with MSNBC’s Ari Melber about the ongoing protests, which appeared to have escalated into small riots by 11 p.m. local time. Melber asked Hayes to compare what he was seeing from the looting and violence experienced in the days following Brown’s shooting last August.
“This is much, um — this is more aggressive and even angrier than the anger we saw in August,” Hayes replied nervously. “I think people maybe misapprehended a bit the degree to which the massive, overwhelming number of folks who were out in the streets back in August were non-violent, were peaceably assembled.”
“The folks — and I don’t want to generalize, I didn’t take a census of the people who were out tonight — but I would say it was a younger, angrier crowd,” he continued. “There are not a ton of elders out there, there were not a lot of folks with signs, no families with kids.”