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After last month’s CNN interview with Talib Kweli, which didn’t go too well, Don Lemon recently sat down with Pharrell Williams to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Mo. Although Williams was noticeably upset during the interview, it went a lot smoother than Lemon’s interview with Kweli.

“I’m disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government side. I think that the officer should be punished because that was excessive force—all those shots, where those shots were, the idea that the child laid on the ground; he’s a child. I know he’s 6-2 or 6-3; he’s a child,” Williams said.


Over a month ago, Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police Officer Darren Wilson. Brown’s killing sparked looting and protests as the media swarmed on the small city. During that time, the looting was the mainstream media’s major focus, and Williams also shared his opinion about that.

“I was disappointed that while we had so much peaceful protesting going on, what the media chose to cover, most of all, and highlight was the random few people that threw Molotov cocktails, the random few people that had guns on them … the rioting that was going on, the looting of the stores and the looting of the stores in our own neighborhoods,” Williams said. “I’m not telling you to do it nowhere else, but damn, why are you doing it in your own neighborhood?”


Check out the full interview below: