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Democratic Congressman: Ferguson "Resembled Tiananmen Square"

“Most people saw the image of high-powered military equipment moving down the streets of an American city over the past few days and it looked more like Fallujah than Ferguson.”

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri says Ferguson looks like Fallujah — where some of the worst fighting in the Iraq War took place — and Tiananmen Square, the site of the Chinese government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

“We are concerned, as are many Americans…Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, independents…about the militarization of police departments around the country,” Cleaver said on Ed Schultz’s radio program. “Most people saw the image of high-powered military equipment moving down the streets of an American city over the past few days and it looked more like Fallujah than Ferguson. It resembled Tiananmen Square and something is wrong with that.”

Cleaver was speaking with Schultz about his and fellow Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay’s upcoming meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about their concerns over the militarization of American police departments.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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