Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

U.S. Justice Dept. cites missteps by police during Ferguson unrest

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriPolice responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a U.S. Justice Department report. A Justice Department representative said the “after-action assessment … will convey the findings and lessons learned.” The report focuses on the tactics of police from Ferguson, St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Missouri Highway Patrol. All four agencies tried to quell the protests and riots that broke out after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9, 2014.

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