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What?

Just to bring you up to date on the latest development in the Ferguson story, city police have released a police report that purports that show that Michael Brown was the suspect in a convenience store shoplifting/roberry incident in which the suspect stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigars. (It's a little hard to capture the apparent progression of alleged events in a few words - see the print out of the police report here.)

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WATCH: Ferguson Protests In Three Minutes

As tensions run high in Ferguson, the New York Times video team put together an excellent video to capture the feeling of protests in about three minutes. Flagged by reporter Dylan Scott, the video seems to show the anger and distress of protesters. The last thing you see is a highly armed police officer shoving the camera away.

"Go! Get outta here," the unidentified officer says.

Watch the full video, below.

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Off the Case

Not confirmed yet by the Governor's office. But St. Louis Rep. William Clay says the Governor told him he plans to remove the St. Louis County police from duty in Ferguson when he arrives in St. Louis.

More on "Hollywoodization"

Here's another point I keep wondering about on the "Hollywoodization" front. Why are a lot of police officers wearing jungle camouflage? Is there more jungle or forest terrain in Ferguson than I realize? It's not even a standard military uniform. Obviously in Iraq the beige/brown desert camouflage is the standard, for obvious reasons. But it goes without saying that jungle camouflage serve no purpose in an urban setting than to signal a highly militant response to whatever citizens are doing.

Bam, Bam, Bam

So did the Ferguson PD get military surplus gear from that Pentagon program which has handed out various heavily armored ambush protection vehicles to local police departments around the country? Well, indeed they did!

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