November 23rd, 2014
03:51 PM ET

Media waits for word in Ferguson

As Ferguson, Missouri awaits a grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown, Brian Stelter speaks with CNN's Sarah Sidner and media lawyer Benjamin Lipman. Here are some of the key points from the segment:

>> Sidner: "There are 12 people that know exactly where they are and how long they think this might take. None of them are supposed to be talking."

>> Sidner: "I think we need to be careful with this idea of hyping. This community is already on pins and needles. They have been nervous for months, and they are tired of it. They want, as they have said to me many times, to 'rip the band-aid off' and get a decision so that we can go forward with our lives, so the city can start to try and deal with whatever that aftermath is."

>> Lipman: Lawyers have been "talking to law enforcement ahead of time, trying to explain what we think are the rights of the reporters under the First Amendment in the hopes that we can get ground rules, I guess, so everybody is in agreement what the reporters can and can't do."

>> Sidner: "To be clear: it has been mostly peaceful... There has been no looting, no burning down anything, no destroying anything over these past 90 or so days. There were some issues in the very beginning."

>> Stelter: "This is not just about Michael Brown anymore. The logo on screen might say 'The Death of Michael Brown' but this is about a movement now... This is about a movement, not just that one moment in time."

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