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August 18th, 2014
09:44 PM ET

How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization

The National Guard is standing by in Ferguson as officials brace for more violence. Anger over unarmed black teen Michael Brown shot and killed by police has exploded into chaos.

Despite a mandatory curfew, protests spiraled out of control Sunday night. Protesters hurled molotov cocktails at police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

Two people were shot and injured, but officials say they were not shot by police.

The images out of Ferguson have been shocking. Police officers look like they're going to war. But there's a reason why police are so armed.

It all started with a bank robbery gone wrong.

CNN's Kyung Lah reports.


Filed under: Justice • Michael Brown • News
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  1. AJ

    This network talks a lot about how police acts and how wrong they are and yet they don't talk about these so called victims (Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown) to whom are not that innocent and to whom committed crimes. Pretty sad. This network should and must be fair.

    August 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  2. Jim

    I think CNN needs to stop stoking the fire that exist. CNN constantly challenges the police and the law. Jake Tapper and Don Lemon should report what is going on and keep it balanced. No need to excite the community.

    August 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Reply

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