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Rep. John Lewis Asks Obama To Declare Martial Law In Ferguson To Protect Protesters

Lewis said if JFK hadn't called in the National Guard, he wouldn't be alive today.

Rep. John Lewis, who formerly marched with MLK and has been a part of the civil rights movement for most of his life called on President Obama and the federal government to declare martial law in Ferguson to protect the protesters from the outlandish behavior of the local police.

Lewis: When they have local police officer refer to the protesters as "animals.' To have people dress in military garment and pointing rifles directly at the protesters. That is only going to incite people. So, my own feeling is right now is President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law, federalize that Missouri national guard to protect people as they protest

Rep. Lewis from Georgia knows from real life experience that people could be killed by the police and they need to be protected in a boiling situation like this.

While we were there in that church, for being bombed or burned, and if it hadn't been for the National Guard ordered there by President Kennedy and the U.S. Marshals, some of us would have died there that night,

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