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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!

'Militarization'

As the situation in Ferguson has escalated, we and others have been talking more and more about the militarization of police work in the US - something we're seeing to a wild degree in Ferguson but is actually pervasive across the United States. We have several pieces in the works you'll probably see over the course of the day delving into various aspects of that part of the story. But there's one part of this, one caveat, worth noting. A substantial amount of what we're seeing might be better termed the "Hollywoodization" rather than the "militarization" of police work.

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