A brief calm returned to Ferguson with the replacement of police by highway patrol forces, but came roaring back over the weekend with the institution of a broad curfew, banning protesters from the streets at night.
The lessons of Ferguson last week, and how military-style crackdowns on dissent only make the rallies bigger, appears to have been lost on police officials, who promised to not only continue the crackdown, but to maintain the curfew indefinitely.
Governor Jay Nixon, who ordered the curfew, offered mild criticism for the brutality of the police, saying there were times when they were “a little aggressive.”
Many in Congress were a lot more critical of the crackdown, with Rep. Lacy Clay (D – MO), the local representative, saying having “a military police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America.”
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