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The Flashback: unrest in Ferguson, police and the military, and the GOP and Rand Paul

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Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson/AP

For our weekly look back at the week in news we're joined by James Rainey, reporter for the LA Times and Elahe Izadi  a reporter for the Washington Post.

Unrest in Ferguson

Yesterday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered state troopers to take over security from local law enforcement, placing Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol in control. That has seemed to ease a lot of the tension

Then this morning they identified the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown as Darren Wilson. And they also seem to be making a connection of Brown to a robbery that took place earlier that day. 

Wesley Lowry, a reporter for the Washington Post Wesley became a big part of this story when he video taped his arrest ... 


We talk to both James and Elahe about the events, and what happens when the police confront the press.

The police and military gear

Some of the most chilling images that have come out have been the images of the police themselves. Body armor, high powered rifles, tear gas grenades ... and many former military members have come out  against the actions of the police - actually saying the police was intimidating the crowd, not controlling them.  

Is Rand Paul turning liberal? 

Many conservative political types have come out against the actions of the police, especially Rand Paul. He wrote a scathing op-ed in Time magazine. He not only criticized the police, but the idea that black and brown people are often punished much harsher than whites. Is this his way of challenging the GOP status quo? 

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