FROM Ben Kesling
Police Chief Believes Ferguson Police Shooter Associated to Protests Yesterday, in the wake of a scathing report about by the Justice Department, the beleaguered chief of police in Ferguson, Missouri resigned. Early this morning, during a protest, two officers — from different departments — were shot. Jon Belmar, Chief of Police in St. Louis County expressed relief they were not killed. He said he supports the First Amendment rights of protesters, adding, "but when you look at the tenor of at least some of the people that are involved in the protest of civil unrest it at times can be very troubling...and it is difficult for the officers to discern within a crowd of folks who perhaps are there for the right reason exactly who is doing what… I would have to imagine that these protestors were among the shooters that shot at the police officers." Attorney General Eric Holder called the shootings "a heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers that was inexcusable and repugnant." Ben Kesling is in Ferguson, reporting for the Wall Street Journal .
Escalation of Violence in Ferguson Missouri For more than 10 days, heavily armed officers in body armor and SWAT vehicles have clashed with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The use of military equipment against peaceful protesters backfired on local police, producing an escalation of violence. Members of Congress, including presidential prospect Rand Paul, are pointing fingers at the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. Washington gives heavy weapons, riot gear and armored personnel carriers to police forces who aren’t trained to use them, even if they needed to. We’ll hear how long-term policies have led to unintended consequences.
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Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.