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    A good decision at least 3 days too late. One idiot shooting an unarmed teen is a tragedy. A bunch of ignorant cops tear gassing news reporters? Fire them all and get some cops in there with some common sense.
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    Well, I know now that anything is possible, I am actually agreeing with DrFunkenstein. I never thought I would see the day, great post Doc.
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    DrFunkenstein---If he wouldn't of been such a thug and a criminal robbing a store and not trying to steal a cops gun, then it would of never happened.
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    @methinks

    I don't know if that is completely authentic.
    First off, It was this Obama admin that federalized and militarized Local law enforcement agencies
    also its the liberals who were all for this in the "White" communities.
    However, they frown on this in the "Black" communities.

    Liberals seem to call burning and looting black communities "Peaceful Protest"
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    @Vance1 the militarization of the police started in 1996 and it was increased following 9/11. There ya go again blaming the president. Or was that hyperpoly?
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    Rioting, looting and burning are never a solution to a problem. When you get two groups of hotheads opposing one another you can expect violence.[BTW, always loot before you burn, you get better stuff that way. ;>)]
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    I think we can all agree that police have a tough job. They DO risk their lives every day and many put their lives on the line to save others....of course they KNEW that going into the job. Wanting to be a police officer is one thing; being suited for it is something else. The majority of Americans seem to feel that these days our 'enforcers' should be feared rather than trusted. Our lack of confidence in law enforcement seems to be growing and for good reason. Women arrested for jay-walking, thrown to the ground for questioning the arrest; couples arrested for asking for directions (trespassing on a public street?); shooting, man-handling and murdering unarmed young people; then there's the 'blue code of silence'--protecting fellow officers' misconduct. I applaud Gov. Nixon for stepping in and taking control of a very dangerous situation. More governors should follow his lead.
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    @tomincali - None. That's why I hold on to hope that calmer heads will prevail and the rioting and vandalism will cease.

    However, being a realist, I recognize opportunists when I see them.
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    Which came first, out of control rioters or out of control cops? By what I've seen, heard and read over the past few days I bet its the out of control cops.
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    @KY_Guy

    The cops when they gunned down an unarmed man who was surrendering and then proceeded to use force against people exercising their rights under the first amendment. Apparently if some retards take advantage by looting and vandalising property everybody within a square mile or more is guilty of the same... at least to these idiots with badges.
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    @John_Matrix: Several years ago I left Austin Mardegrass right before a riot broke out.

    The crowd was mostly peaceful but it started felt tense with all the cops with riot gear being aggressive to the crowd. I sensed a lot hostility from people towards police aggressiveness and intimidation, and the atmosphere turned from family fun hanging out to being herded around like cattle. Friends and families were separated and crowd control cops made staying together difficult. People got arrested for whatever reasons, hog tied and carried out. Multiple cars and motorcycles were towed out, that left a lot of pissed off people.

    I wasn't surprised when I heard a riot broke out soon after I left. Police treated the crowd like thugs, and they ended up with a bunch of thugs.
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    Lol.....now that I've stopped laughing a bit, ya know it wouldn't really shock me if that happenend.....that's how out of wack things are now.
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    @wysiwygwi They are mad because the police were killed a boy and then have been attempting to violate the peoples constitutional right to assemble and protest......and violating the freedom of the press....etc...

    The question is why aren't you mad at the police for violating so many peoples constitutional rights?
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    It is always just a matter of time before some right wing nut blames just about anything on Clinton, never mind 8 years of the Bush/Republican disaster and 5+ years of Obama.

    Absolutely no effort to remove emotion from judgment whatsoever.
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    @methinks You know as well as I that the war on drugs is the root cause of this whole situation. If we don't stop it the police will continue with military tactics against the American people. Which it may already be too late. I'm not saying the looting and rioting is acceptable behavior but you can only push people so far. Expect to see more of this in a city near you if we do not end this war that is based on lies.
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    @e065702be I am the furthest thing from a right wing nut, but he is correct, it was clinton that started the program of using federal money to flood cities with cops, with no provision to assure these storm troopers did not abuse the rights of citizens, clinton that signed legislation adding dozens of new death penalty offenses to federal criminal law and clinton that repealed glass-steagal which was indirectly responsible for the subprime mortgage crisis.
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    @methinks You are correct in pointing out that the 9/11 militarization by the creation of total surveillence state, patriot act, homeland security act added to the situation. But clinton did add those 100,000 cops. The creation of a total surveillance police state is bipartisan. Clinton, bush, and obama all contributed, as did nixon by declaring the war on drugs which has done more to erode the fourth amendment then anything else...
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    Every last person from the Chief to the Dispatcher needs to be cleared out of their and a real police force hired with oversight from the State.
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    I don't think they are being relieved to make way for marshal law I think they are being relieved because they are out of control.
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    Yes it is. I've seen this only once before in Phenix City, Alabama where the local police broke down and couldn't keep order. The governor declared marital law and sent the National Guard in.
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    Could be beginning of community policing. Sharpton has 200 trained and ready to go who have already been instrumental in calming the inflamed situation.
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    Watching Gov. Nixon and he said the Ferguson & the St Louis County Police are NOT being relieved they simply not taking the lead but they still will have boots on the ground. WTF !!!!!!!
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    It appears as though police have been watching way too many Rambo films as part of their training. The logical thing to do is deploy the guard and lock down the area.
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    LOL. In response to the tweeter who says the cops are more heavily armed than he was when he went to IRAQ....Thats because you are a POG. You are not a combat soldier. However, your body armor is just as good if not better, you also were issued a promask and you know it, and the weapon you are holding is not the one you were issued and you know that too. I was issued more armor and a belt fed machine gun. The cop may only have soft armor. Its hard to tell in the pic. I had level 4 sapi plates capable of stopping 30-06 AP. I seriously doubt that the officer in the picture had armor as good as mine.
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    A week from now when this is gone from the news what does the Governor do with the police force he relieved from duty. Return them back to Ferguson dumb move by a not so bright Governor.
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