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Since the death of Michael Brown, Talib Kweli has been on the front line to support to the cause Ferguson, Missouri. He even got into a heated debate with CNN’s Don Lemon during an interview because of hostile treatment he and other activists encountered from police.

In a conversation with Billboard the rapper opened up about the police brutality he experienced in Ferguson and how close he came to being arrested.

“Was my life threatened in Ferguson? Oh, yeah,” said Kweli. I had a cop telling me he was going to blow ‘my f—ing head off.’ I was with poet Jessica Care Moore and activist professor Rosa Clemente. We got chased, and people next to me got tackled. The cops were tackling people like lions tackle gazelles. I didn’t get tackled, but I got stopped. They pointed guns at my group and they made us lay on the ground while they secured the area. And there was a black cop who got upset at the way the police were treating us. He said, 'These people didn’t do anything. You have to let them go.’ If he didn’t step up, I would have been arrested."