‘Listen to Me First!’ Don Lemon Blows Up During Heated Philando Castile Panel Discussion


Towards the end of his broadcast tonight, CNN anchor Don Lemon moderated a panel on the Philando Castile verdict and the recently released dash-cam footage. And it appeared he had reached his wit’s end when he was done with it.

Despite there being four additional people on the panel, most of the segment was dominated by former NYPD detective Harry Houck and Lemon bickering back and forth. After Lemon played a clip from the video showing police officer Jeronimo Yanez shooting Castile in his car, he wanted to know if Houck thought the officer gave Castile enough time to react to his words.

“He moved,” Houck repeatedly said, leading Lemon to argue with him, asking the ex-cop if he had listened to what another panelist had said earlier about how Castile was trying to speak to the officer when he was shot.

“His hands were moving,” Houck noted, adding that he’d been a police officer for 25 years. Lemon’s response as Houck shouted: “Well, listen! Harry, listen to me first! OK, Harry. Stop, stop, please!”

Things went downhill from there, with the rest of the panel — and Lemon — getting fired up after he said Yanez’s “tactics might have been not what I have done” but the officer was “in a good position at the time.” At one point, Houck told panelist David Klinger that “we have to wait until the officer is dead” for us to know if he waited too long to react, leading to more fireworks.

With Lemon coming to the end of the broadcast, the exasperated host jumped in, noting he was “so over…I’m going to get in trouble” and that he wished they could continue the conversation but had to call it a night.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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