DOJ Report Faults Police Response to Ferguson Protest

According to a draft report prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Service, known as COPS, Police agencies responding to protests last year in Ferguson, Missouri employed tactics that increased tensions between law enforcement and protesters. NBC News has learned that the report, which has not yet been issued, says the use of dogs, snipers, and tactical vehicles designed for the military "served to escalate rather than de-escalate the overall situation." A Justice Department spokesman, who declined further comment on the initial findings said the office "will release the final after-action assessment in the coming weeks, which will convey the findings and lessons learned, following review by the agencies that are involved."



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