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Images Of Ferguson Police In Riot Gear Confronting An Unarmed Man Go Viral

Images of Ferguson, Mo., police in combat gear with guns drawn, walking toward a black man protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, are getting a lot of attention.

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Images of police confronting an unarmed black man protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown have been going viral.

Whitney Curtis / The New York Times / Redux

Demonstrations have been taking place in Ferguson since Saturday, when a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed at the time. Police claim that the teen hit the officer who shot him. That account has been disputed by friends and family.

In June, The New York Times the military's surplus combat gear being added to local police departments.

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