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August 21st, 2014
11:22 PM ET

Why do police have battlefield weapons?

Police tactics in Missouri have been under fire since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by police.

A day after a police officer in Ferguson was suspended for threatening protesters with a rifle, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor weighed in for the first time since Brown's death.

"I'm sick of unarmed, black men being shot by police," Patrick told reporters.

Backlash over law enforcement's use of force at Ferguson protests are fueling questions about whether police need equipment that was designed for the battlefield.

The Senate announced Thursday it will examine the militarization of police.

CNN's Deborah Feyerick has this exclusive OutFront investigation.


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  1. richard

    why whats wrong with having the best stuff too protect u against all the nuts out thier now

    August 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  2. Mike

    I think it's important to point out that this teaser article for the video is full of racial references. Why? What is occurring in Ferguson may very well be a racial issue. But isn't it odd that almost any article involving race relations, or lack thereof, basically perpetuate poor 'race relations' by continually highlighting the skin color of all the players involved? Instead of a story of how an alleged unarmed 'man' was shot by police, it's an alleged unarmed 'black' man shot by a 'white' police officer. Instead of the governor stating he's "sick of unarmed men being shot by police", he has to mention 'black' as a description. That's to infer that if there were more unarmed 'white' men being shot, then the ratio would be more equal and it would be 'ok'. And does it make his governmental position more compelling because he's a 'black' governor than just a plain governor? There are three mentions of 'black' (regarding race) in an article of about 100+ words that is supposedly about the potency of police equipment. Really?!

    August 25, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
  3. Frank DeBobes

    Are you Kidding me! Who are your first line of defense when some one or some group attacks the great County you local police department. How quickly you democrats have forgotten 911

    August 25, 2014 at 10:07 am | Reply

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