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Riot police clear a street Wednesday with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Protests reveal police ‘militarization’: Pentagon’s Excess Property Program distributes surplus military equipment to police

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FERGUSON, Mo.  — A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny as demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, get ready for a fifth straight night of protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager.

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