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Highway Patrol to Take Over Security in Ferguson, Missouri

Higway patrol in fergusonMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the state highway patrol in charge of security here Thursday in hopes of quelling nightly clashes between protesters angry over a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and SWAT teams using tear gas.

Mr. Nixon tapped a highway patrol captain with ties to the local community to lead the effort. The decision followed days of escalating tension between police and protesters that has been documented minute-by-minute on social media and cable-TV news channels.

"Lately it has looked a little more like a war zone—and that's unacceptable," Mr. Nixon said of the St. Louis suburb of about 21,000 residents.

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Mentally challenged unarmed L.A. man fatally shot by police, possibly while lying down

LAPDA mentally challenged, unarmed man was shot and killed by police officers in Los Angeles, while his family says he was lying down and complying with officers' commands.

Police say 25-year-old Ezell Ford was hailed by police Monday night for "an investigative stop" during which "a struggle ensued," prompting police to open fire. Ford was struck multiple times and transported to a nearby emergency room where he died. No officers were injured in the incident.

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Gay marriages could begin in Va., barring delay

Gay marriage in Virginia to beginA federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation's highest court intervenes.

The state also would need to start recognizing gay marriages from out of state next Wednesday after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision not to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

While the U.S. Supreme Court could effectively put same-sex marriages on hold again if opponents in the case are able to win an emergency delay, supporters offered tempered excitement.

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Ferguson Police Arrest Two Reporters Who Tried to Film Them in a McDonald's

Journalists arrested in FergusonTwo reporters covering the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they were arrested at a McDonald's Wednesday evening in the commercial corridor where angry protests have occurred.

Wesley Lowery of 'The Washington Post' and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post. say they were working in the fast-food restaurant when SWAT officers came in to quickly clear the area. Both quickly tweeted about their arrests, detention and subsequent release without any charges.

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Guide dogs and guns: America's blind gunmen

Blind gun ownersIn the US, being blind is no bar to owning and carrying firearms. The blind people who do it say they are simply exercising their constitutional right, and present no danger to the public.

When Carey McWilliams went to the sheriff's office in Fargo, North Dakota, to fill out the paperwork for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, the staff immediately noticed he was holding the harness to a guide dog.

The woman behind the desk pointed out that he would have to pass a shooting test before being granted the licence, but McWilliams said he knew that. He told her not to worry.

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NYPD urged to step up body-worn camera pilot after chokehold death

NYPD badge camerasHad the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner not been caught on film, calls to outfit New York Police Department officers with cameras might have quietly faded. Instead, a bystander captured Garner locked in a chokehold as he repeated: “I can’t breathe.”

Garner’s encounter with police – ruled a homicide by the New York city medical examiner – is not the only one that has resulted in visceral video. A driver captured a California highway patrol officer punching a woman repeatedly as she shielded her face with her arms. Two weeks after the video of Garner went viral, building residents filmed the NYPD dragging a Brooklyn grandmother out of her apartment in her underwear.

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Witness To Mike Brown’s Shooting Provides Graphic Details Of Killing To Mainstream Media

Michael BrownIn an interview with MSNBC that was published Tuesday morning, Dorian Johnson, a friend of Mike Brown, provided details of the shooting that killed the unarmed Brown on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, MO. Johnson, 22, was with Brown that day when the two were stopped by a Ferguson police officer while walking to Brown’s grandmother’s home.

Johnson claims that the police officer told the two to get on the sidewalk as they were walking down the middle of the street. After the two had told the officer that they were nearly at their destination, the officer pulled away in his car but then slammed on the brakes and backed his vehicle back up to them.

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