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What is really going on in Ferguson?

Today it was revealed that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is going to announce that St. Louis County law enforcement will be relieved in Ferguson. The city has been jarred by protests after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer. What started out as a peaceful demonstration quickly escalated into rioting and looting. Nixon said the state is working toward making some "operational shifts" to change the tone of what's going on in Ferguson, but he didn't elaborate on a specific plan.

 A police officer watches over demonstrators in Ferguson, MO.
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Last night Ferguson police faced the protesters in full protective gear. It is reported that they pointed guns at the crowd and used tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse protesters. Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other objects at officers. This is the fifth night of demonstrations.

The protesters aren't the only ones facing questionable tactics by the police. A reporter, Wesley Lowrey, was arrested for no apparent reason except trying to videotape the police. Marty Baron, executive director of the Washington Post, said he was "appalled" at how reporters were being treated. He also stated that there was "absolutely no justification for Lowrey's arrest."

Representative William Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat, has been urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to take over the entire investigation. Clay expressed the opinion that "there can be no justice for Michael Brown and his family if the St Louis County police and prosecutor have a say." This presents a huge problem. That problem is Eric Holder. How can you expect proper handling of this highly volatile situation with the most corrupt AG in U.S. history? Eric Holder is up to his eyeballs in crime and corruption with Fast and Furious, and has been held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents relating to the investigation. He is also adept at playing the race card.

We are now seeing a police department completely militarized. They have Kevlar vests, helmets, and camouflage, are armed with pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles, and tear gas. They also drive armored vehicles. We are alarmed when we see police looking more like an occupying force than county law enforcement but what can we expect when the government gives police departments military weapons? And we already know that when it comes to predominantly black and brown communities, there’s a long-standing culture of aggressive, vindictive policing.

The question is, what is really going on in Ferguson? Are the local police being pulled because they just can't handle the crowd? Or is it something else? You've got militarized police, New Black Panther Party members present, the possibility of an Eric Holder "investigation" and a possible law enforcement change. Individually bad news but together, a nightmare. One might ask, could this possibly be a dry-run for a police state occupation?

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