United States

Police as occupying army

Print edition : September 19, 2014

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 13. The police responded as if they were in an insurgency--not just in riot gear, but also with military equipment. Photo: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

Officer Darren Wilson, who shot the teenager.

Michael Brown's parents Lesley McSpadden (centre) and Michael Brown Sr, seen here holding a picture of his son as a young child, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference on August 11. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discuss the situation in Ferguson in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on August 18. Photo: LARRY DOWNING/Reuters

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on August 16, with a curfew in place. The curfew did not hold; the government had to withdraw it two days later. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

Demonstrators march in the street in Ferguson on August 12. More than 150 people were arrested in the 10 days after Michael Brown's death. Eighty per cent of those arrested had "refused to disperse", or, in other words, they had refused to stop their protests. Photo: REUTERS

The death of a black teenager at the hands of a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent war-like response by the police to the protests expose a culture of hatred for the black community and the militarisation of the police in the United States.
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