The situation in Ferguson is no longer about the death, whether justified or not, of Michael Brown.
The deployment of, as several veterans pointed out, police with more military equipment than was used by our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan serves to increase tension and confrontation rather than decrease it.
Police trained in military tactics and equipped with military battle dress & weapons are no longer a police force protecting citizens but a para-military force suppressing them.
Several combat veterans have pointed out that many of the police have more military equipment than they had when patrolling in Iraq & Afghanistan.
The presence of armored vehicles and police dressed as combat soldiers with snipers scoping targets and police with weapons drawn, pointing, and often sighting on the crowd is going to escalate violence not lessen it.
The first doctrine of firearm safety is do not point your weapon unless one is acquiring a target.
Muzzled down, finger on the trigger guard until a threat is presented, not aggressively targeting the crowd.
When one sees rows of County police armed with ax handles, baseball bats, and other improvised clubs it is an image of the 60's not that of a well trained professional police force.
An area where 70% of the population is black and 90+% of the police force is white automatically creates racial tension.
Community policing works, military policing does not, instead of the police working with community leaders you have officers chanting bring it on....
I'll be very surprised if at some point Ferguson or St. Louis County officers don't open fire on the crowd they're simply that poorly trained.