As tensions run high in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting death of Michael Brown, some are questioning the police response and racist comments made by one cop.
According to The Washington Post, some protesters did set a gas station on fire, fired shots at police and looted stores on Aug. 12.
In a video (below) posted on CNN, an unidentified police officer is heard yelling at protestors, “Bring it, all you f----- animals! Bring it!”
In response, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told CNN, “The officers did their best. They’re only human."
However, Paul Szoldra, a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan, recently wrote an article for BusinessInsider.com questioning why Ferguson police are dressed and armed like the U.S. military:
They have short-barreled 5.56-mm rifles based on the military M4 carbine, with scopes that can accurately hit a target out to 500 meters. On their side they carry pistols. On their front, over their body armor, they carry at least four to six extra magazines, loaded with 30 rounds each.
Their uniform would be mistaken for a soldier's if it weren't for their "Police" patches. They wear green tops, and pants fashioned after the U.S. Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage pattern. And they stand in front of a massive uparmored truck called a Bearcat, similar in look to a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or as the troops who rode in them call it, the MRAP.
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When did this become okay? When did "protect and serve" turn into "us versus them?"