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08/12/2014 09:57 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2014

Don Lemon Talks About 'Heartbreaking' Interview With Michael Brown's Parents

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CNN's Don Lemon opened up about his recent interview with Michael Brown's parents, just days after their teenage son was shot and killed by police.

Brown, an 18-year-old, was unarmed when a police officer opened fire on him in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. His death has sparked outrage, as well as protests in that town. The accounts of why he was shot vary wildly. Lemon — who said that he understands why people have rioted over the shooting — sat down with Brown's parents on Monday for their first television interview after their son's death.

"The only way to describe the interview is heartbreaking," Lemon described on the Tom Joyner radio show on Tuesday morning.

He lamented the death of yet "another unarmed black man," who was "killed by the very people who are supposed to protect and serve."

Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden broke down crying during their interview. "At one point, we had to slow that interview down because the mother got so emotional," Lemon recounted.

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