A news anchor is getting backlash for suggesting that police use “water cannons” on protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.
CNN International news anchor Rosemary Church wondered Tuesday why the police are using a strategy that involves the use of tear gas and stun grenades.
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“Why not, perhaps, use water cannons?” she asked during a broadcast of CNN International. “At least it’s not going to have the same sort of effect."
Church then continued to tweet about the incident in Ferguson to her 31,000 followers.
“Tear gas & stun grenades were earlier fired by police in response to molotov cocktails,” she tweeted.
But there is something Church didn’t address on Twitter – her water cannon comment.
“Are you just never going to say sorry?” one Twitter user asked.
Within the past 24 hours, nearly 5,000 people mentioned Church’s name and Twitter handle (@RosemaryCNN), according to Topsy, a social media analytics firm. A YouTube video of the water cannon comment, which was published Tuesday, has been viewed more than 20,000 times.
Some people called Church’s suggestion disrespectful and offensive, referencing the use of water cannons on protestors during the civil rights movement.
“Obviously Rosemary Church doesn’t know her Civil Rights history to suggest water cannons in Ferguson!” one user tweeted.
“Will be very disappointed if @CNN lets Rosemary Church slide with that water cannon comment. Ignorant and offensive. Unacceptable,” another tweeted.
While some users defended Church, saying she may not know U.S. history, everyone seemed to agree on one thing: she should apologize.