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Police militarization is an important issue, but it's not the cause of things in Ferguson. The images coming out of there could have come out of any of the hundreds of crackdowns on Black communities in America going back well over a century.
Pushing this militarization angle lets the cops and America as a whole off easy. And it won't change a damned thing. The police regularly do this to Black folks, and were doing it long before they got their hands on surplus military goods.