It has been disturbing, to say the least, watching the images coming out of Ferguson. If anyone believed that the racial divide plaguing this country was mitigated by the election of President Obama, this should be sobering.

It is shocking to see how militarized the police departments in this country have devolved to. The effect, rather than restoring order, is merely that of pouring gasoline onto a fire. The federal policy of donating heavy armaments to local police departments, without even a requirement for basic training, is disgraceful. The proven practice of community policing is being eroded by this militarized overreach. Hopefully lessons have been learned.

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