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Ferguson police insist they need armored vehicles, rubber bullets, and tear gas

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have fully declined eight of 19 rules of engagement proposed by demonstrators who have been protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown, including a rule to avoid the use of "equipment such as armored vehicles, rubber bullets, rifles and tear gas."

The response comes weeks after protesters in Ferguson launched to organize demonstrations in response to the looming grand jury decision for the Brown shooting. A grand jury decision's decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed when Wilson fatally shot him on August 9, is expected any moment now.

Read the full rules of engagement, with underlined comments from law enforcement (unified command), courtesy of the Guardian's Jon Swaine:

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