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Missouri violence highlights 'militarization' of US police

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, MissouriFrom high-powered assault rifles to camouflage-clad police officers perched on top of heavily armored vehicles: the violence gripping the Missouri town of Ferguson has highlighted a growing militarization of US law enforcement seen by many as disproportionate. Since the death on Saturday of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, shot dead by a police officer, Ferguson has exploded into a seething morass of urban riots. While police have used traditional crowd control tools such as teargas in Ferguson, they have also deployed body-armored officers toting M4 assault rifles and stun grenades.

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