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Police use of military-style gear is rarely appropriate [Letter]
Police use of military-style gear is rarely appropriate [Letter]

Nothing can justify the looting and violence by those who used the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer as an opportunity to destroy the businesses and property of residents who had no hand in what happened and we should condemn the actions that have overshadowed the rights of citizens to peacefully protest. Yet the presence of military-style equipment in response to such demonstrations of civil disobedience should also be scrutinized. I spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, first as a Maryland state trooper, then as the public safety director in Prince George's County. But having grown up only a few miles from Ferguson, Mo., I was in disbelief over...

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