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Reuters, August 14, 2014: Police fire tear gas, stun grenades at Missouri protesters
The police dressed in their military gear and with their Iraq style military equipment have made the situation more confrontational than it needed to be. For starters, the way they have not been forth coming about the details of the killing only further enrages people. Reverand Sharpton and the family did their part to help quell the violence, but the police have not done their part. The police chief and mayor are engaging in an Iraq style military assault against their own people...unless they do not view the protesters as their own people. The police chief went on Fox News and blamed outsiders. Maybe that's why they arrested the Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters while they were in a MacDonald's restaurant. The police went looking for them...most likely on orders. It's sickening.
As per the Reuters article, "Police have deployed camouflage-clad officers in body armor, including one manning a rifle on a tripod atop an armored car, to Ferguson." That's pretty intimidating.
But the problems of Ferguson have been decades in the making, and have only reached a boiling point now. The problems of Ferguson and indeed the greater St. Louis area run deep.
"I've had enough of being pushed around because of the color of my skin. I'm sick of this police brutality," said one protester, who gave only his first name, Terrell, 18. "I'm going to keep coming back here night after night until we get justice."