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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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I will preface this by saying I don't think anyone at TPM at least is saying it's either/or at that 'militarization' caused the situation in Ferguson. But this struck me as an important take on Ferguson from TPM Reader GJ ...

Ferguson Is About Racism, Not Police Militarization

The idea that some Bush era homeland security program giving police camo pants and armored trucks is what led to the events in Ferguson is absurd.

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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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After a week of basically non-stop suck, check out this powerful on the scene reporting from Wesley Lowery on what appears to be the dramatically changed mood at the protests this afternoon/evening in Ferguson. Ron Johnson, the state Highway Patrol officer now in charge of the police response is marching with the protesting crowd. Amazing read.

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.

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.

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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