Saturday, September 5, 2015

Study: Inappropriate Police Tactics Inflamed Ferguson Protests

Law enforcement officials responding to demonstrations and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of Michael Brown last August used a variety of inappropriate tactics and strategies that often exacerbated tensions, according to a report by policing experts that the Justice Department is releasing this week. The assessment finds that deploying dogs for crowd control was "provocative," positioning snipers on top of armored vehicles during daytime protests "inflamed tensions," tear gas was "deployed inappropriately," and law enforcement used unconstitutional policing strategies that suppressed First Amendment rights. Such strategies "had the unintended consequence of escalating rather than diminishing tension," the report states.

More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ferguson-protests-police-tactics-report_55e622a3e4b0aec9f35506ad

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