Ferguson, Missouri, Response Shows Police Use Of Military Equipment – Cbs News

Why doesn’t Ferguson’s police force reflect the community?

That’s because police departments in the St. Louis area — like those across the country — are arming their officers with equipment once on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of it is free of charge or bought with federal grant money authorized by Congress, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reports. In the past year, the Department of Defense has given local law enforcement over 600 MRAPs, the armored vehicles designed to withstand roadside bombs.
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Newtown Borough Council gives solicitor go ahead to continue negotiating property transfer to Steeple View redevelopment project – The Advance – BucksLocalNews.com

Louis Post-Dispatch weigh in on Fergusons disproportionately white police force.2014-08-14 18:00:00disabled2365307631N7VgUQuke9Mtrue111539111534http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/ferguson-bellwether-racial-economic-tensions-nationwide/Is Ferguson a bellwether for racial tensions nationwide?The killing of Michael Brown — and the subsequent police response to protests and riots sparked by the lack of transparency — has provoked reflection around the country about some of the deeper social and economic issues. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Eric Liu of Citizen University and Jelani Cobb of the University of Connecticut.2014-08-14 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/453582858-320×196.jpg2365307641nuq5tKwxQhk111538111531http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/night-barrage-gas-grenades-images-ferguson-confrontations-resonate-around-u-s/Images of Ferguson confrontations resonate around U.S.A scene of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, captured the nations attention when police officers unleashed a barrage of stun grenades and tear gas to dispel protests over the killing of an African-American teenager. Police said they used force when protesters started throwing rocks and firebombs. Judy Woodruff reports on the incident, and the pushback that followed.2014-08-14 18:00:00http://www.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ferguson1a-320×196.jpeg2365307659rUW20EfZopk111528111533http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military-equipment-hands-local-police/Why military equipment is in the hands of local policeViolent clashes between local police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has highlighted the distribution of military equipment to police departments around the country from the U.S. Defense Department.
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I think its beautiful. Borough resident Jon Guy said while he shares Smiths enthusiasm for the vision of Steeple View, he said the fatal flaw in the development of the property is traffic flow and spoke in favor of a comprehensive traffic study. We really need to have an open, honest review of how traffic should flow through this property and around it because it is a weird shaped property with constraints all around it the bridge on Centre Avenue, the multiple lights along State Street and limitations at the Stockburger site entrance in terms of in and out. Im really concerned in terms of not just cars flowing, but in terms of services and trucks. Former Newtown Borough Council President Julia Woldorf voiced support for the project and the idea of a creek walk, calling it an incredible opportunity for the borough. The borough has struggled for years and years with the fact that a majority of the banks along the Newtown Creek are privately owned, she said. It makes it extremely difficult for the borough to even look at acquiring easements to have public access to the waterway in any shape or form. To not jump at this opportunity to get a large piece of that greenway open for public use would be unfortunate, she said.
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