What we are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri and in other cities is, in part, a direct outgrowth of misguided school suspension/expulsion policies over the last 50 years.
It’s clear by now that the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, went way too far. How do we have local police dressing up in hardened riot gear and using military-style weapons as well as military-style vehicles? How is it considered wise to start with that response at the first sign of trouble?
It hasn’t always been that way. There are great examples of effective policing that allows for free speech and assembly and protects those rights.