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Ferguson announcement botched

I am struck by the fact that there were demonstrations throughout the country Monday night in reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown ("Ferguson's grievance," Nov. 25). The Ferguson Police Department had National Guard troops and still botched the announcement by dragging it out for several hours and making it at night. It's curious that they would do it in this way, knowing that riots would ensue. As I watched the split screen of President Barack Obama asking for calm and cars and buildings being burned, it reminded me of the riots that followed the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King decision.

I hope that Baltimore police will wear cameras, having realized what not wearing one can cause. Police need the protection of the camera as much as victims of their shootings. It's obvious that what we are currently doing is not working. Training and cameras are desperately needed to bring sanity to policing.

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Pat Ranney, Millersville

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