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Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said the Senate will "review" the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free.
Sign from Ferguson protest. The quote, "Justice will not be Served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are," attributed to Benjamin Franklin, although not found in any Franklin primary sources, the words, nevertheless, ring true.
Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage.
The Missouri prosecutor overseeing an investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep family roots among police: his father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis' police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.
President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday to meet with U.S. law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.
Rep. Andre Carson talked live to Afternoons with Amos on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and the controversial shooting and killing by police of 18 year old Michael Brown that has captivated and enraged African-Americans here and people worldwide.
Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights history and fundamentally change the way police engage with the African-American community.
On June 19, the House voted on an amendment to a Department of Defense appropriations bill authored by Rep. Alan Grayson .
Violence escalated in Ferguson, Mo. Sunday as protesters fired guns and threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs, while behind the scenes, local, state and federal officials took aim and fired - at one another.
US Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Naturalization Ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, July 22, 2014.
As protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri continued to clash over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer on August 9, Rep. Lacy Clay called on federal investigators to secure "equal justice under the law" for Brown's family.
CNN's Candy Crowley asks Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay if he's somehow interfering in the investigation of the death of Michael Brown by expressing his opinion.
AUGUST 15: Congressman Lacy Clay speaks to demonstrators gathered along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting and death of Michael Brown on August 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
St. Louis County prosecutors must step up their investigations into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon said.
A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests.
Updated: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:53 pm
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