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Ferguson police chided for ‘extreme displays of force’

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(CNN) — U.S. Justice Department officials have offered to assist local authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, to help them control crowds “without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Thursday. “The local authorities in Missouri have accepted this offer of assistance as of this afternoon,” he said.

Holder says he’s “deeply concerned” about the law enforcement response to demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

“The law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them,” Holder said. “Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times.”

“And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told,” Holder said in a statement Thursday. “At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.”

From more coverage of the crisis in Ferguson, click here. 

6 comments

  • 143almostthere

    Um yeah ok Holder, so the people throwing bricks and firebombs were not reason enough to display tactical gear and a show of force? What world do you live in? I can’t believe that is coming from a sitting attorney general. Maybe the Police should have just not shown up and let the town be destroyed then you would be conducting their investigation yourself bypassing the department and the very State of Missouri to seek our your justice and bring up the Officers for dereliction of duty huh?

  • manalishi

    Mr. Holder, Your messiah militarized them. This is what you wanted, now stop with the dog & pony show.

  • dale

    if whites acted this way and burned the town anytime a black person killed a white there would be nothing left.and where is the outrage when a black thug kills a police officer?I do agree if the cop in this case did wrong he should be charged but stop with the care only if its a crime against us attitude.I mean if eric holder or al sharpton would show their face just once talking about the black on black crime maybe somebody would care.If this officer was black would this even be news?

  • Andrew Nietor

    What hypocrisy. It is the federal government that has doled out military equipment to local police forces. The militarization of our country is a real threat to our democracy, and the feds share the blame.

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