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Ferguson Police Made Unrest Worse: Justice Department



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    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

    Police tactics used by police during violent street protests last year in Ferguson, Missouri, increased tensions between law enforcement and protesters, according to a report by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Service. 

    The use of dogs, snipers, and tactical vehicles designed for the military "inflamed tensions and created fear among demonstrators," the report said. 

    The office came to the conclusion after reviewing how police responded int he 17 days after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer.