Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is calling for the “demilitarization” of the police in Ferguson, Missouri, deeming the response by law enforcement “the problem instead of the solution.”
McCaskill, who was in Ferguson on Thursday morning meeting with community leaders, said the community needs to do “better” to respond to the unrest in the St. Louis suburb. News reports have depicted heavily armed police officers staring down crowds demonstrating in response to the killing of teenager Michael Brown after a confrontation with police.
“We need to demilitarize this situation — this kind of response by the police has become the problem instead of the solution. I obviously respect law enforcement’s work to provide public safety, but my constituents are allowed to have peaceful protests, and the police need to respect that right and protect that right,” McCaskill said.
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Couldnt agree more! A militarized, aggressive police force has put a giant hold on our first amendment right to freedom of speech. It has lead us to look more and more like a police state, rather than a state that uphold our Constitution.