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Report: Ferguson Police Should 'Minimize Use of Militarized Weaponry'

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    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo.

    Law enforcement in the St. Louis region should "minimize use of militarized weaponry," according to a 197-page report entitled "Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity" released early Monday, NBC News reported.

    "Direct the state to cease providing, and local departments to cease using, militarized weaponry" that is not proportional to the situation, the report stated.

    The report examines the causes of the the unrest following the death of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. It was compiled by a 16-member commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon.