Race and the Militarization of Policing in Ferguson, Missouri

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For four nights after an officer killed a young, black man in Ferguson, Missouri, confrontations escalated between police and protesters. Last night, the state Highway Patrol was in charge, led by Captain Ron Johnson, a native of Ferguson. Earlier, local police met one of the protesters’ demands, naming the officer who shot Michael brown as Darren Wilson. They said Brown had been stopped as a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store, but they have not released a complete account of the shooting. For the moment, a change of authority seems to have led to the restoration of order. How long will that last?


Maria Chappelle-Nadal - Missouri State Senator - @MariaChappelleN, Russel Honore - retired US Army lieutenant general - @ltgrusselhonore, Peniel Joseph - historian and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, founder of the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy - @PenielJoseph, Andre Perry - Davenport University - @andreperryedu

Warren Olney

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