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Civil Rights Movement, 1963

Civil rights protesters are attacked with a water cannon. Photograph: Getty Images.

Ferguson Protests

“This is part of American history that goes way way back, and I think it’s interesting that the press is focused on militarization in Ferguson in a way that they didn’t during the Occupy demonstration a few years before,” Small said. “I was in Oakland, and the Oakland City Police came out in SWAT gear with helmets, etc. and fired rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators on the street who were doing the same thing as the people in Ferguson—just exercising their first amendment rights.”

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