I have to admit I've been captivated by these protests / riots in Ferguson.
Part of me hopes that these events will spur some sort of new movement on how the police should interact with citizens. It seems like the current police training is to just be very heavy handed, and not respect the rights of the citizens.
We've seen incidents around these protests where the police are threatening to shoot protesters, drawing their assault rifles on crowds, aiming sniper rifles that could blow off somebodies head. Indiscriminately launching tear gas to disperse rioters and protesters. Media members and citizens being arrested for filming the police. But then not charged with anything and released an hour later. All of these are exposing major flaws in police training and procedure.
I'm not even going to broach the subject of Michael Brown. I don't think all the truth is out there about what happened, and until there is some solid evidence that can string together the series of events, its just not worth speculating on.