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Protesters are facing brutality from Ferguson law enforcement in the midst of marching against police brutality.
Famed recording artist Talib Kweli is amongst the thousands of protesters on ground zero calling for justice for Mike Brown who was unarmed when he was gunned down by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Brown was shot six times, including twice in the head.
Kweli alleges police are the real agitators behind the heated protests occurring in the Missouri town. The protesters, he said, are conducting peaceful protests.
Kweli even revealed a police officer threatened his life.
“Peace Train, Ferguson. Peaceful protest. #MikeBrown
“Live from Ferguson right now. We just got threatened for standing. Protection of property over people.
“Cops just rushed in pulled out on us. Keep your hands up or I will blow your brains out is what I was just told by police.
“Been in Ferguson for an hour and the police are clearly agitating the people. They are treating these people like animals,” he said.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the National Guard are handling the Ferguson policing operation.
Obama weighed in on the police militarization in Ferguson and urged a re-examination of programs that equipped police with military gear from the Pentagon, according to the AP.
“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement, and we don’t want those lines blurred,” Obama said during a White House press conference. “That would be contrary to our traditions.”
Obama advocated peace in the city as protests continue.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are able to distinguish between peaceful protesters who may have some legitimate grievances and maybe long-standing grievances, and those who are using this tragic death as an excuse to engage in criminal behavior,” he said.
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