CommonDreams – Ferguson Withdraws Militarized Police Force – 16 August 2014

August 16, 2014

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A protest against police brutality on Aug. 14. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/CC BY-SA 2.0/flickr)

With tear gas and riot police out, demonstrators walk in peace for justice

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer

“It feels like there’s been a military occupation lifted off of the area,” Patricia Bynes, Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township, toldDemocracy Now! Friday.

Such was the change in atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri, where daily protests since the police shooting on Saturday of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had been met with tear gas, rubber bullets and tanks, bringing widespread criticism to the nation’s increasingly militarized police departments and evoking images of civil rights battles of the past.

“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri is about. It’s not what Ferguson is about,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, go to church. But…

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