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Photos: What a Militarized Police Force Does to a City

Melted flash bang canisters, trash cans that emit tear gas into the air, and a town scared for its population.

FERGUSON, MO.—This town looks like a war zone.

Officers from 15 different departments around the state were called in to police the demonstrations. They came equipped with tear gas, flash bombs, and armored vehicles.

 
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A demonstrator, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scrambles for cover as police fire tear gas on Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

And guns.

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(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

 

Lots of guns.

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Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13, 2014. in Ferguson, Mo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

 

But what does Ferguson look like after a militarized police force disperses the crowd?

Whole intersections remained cordoned off, even after many of the demonstrators had scattered.

 

Police officers prevented members of the press, including reporters from National Journal, from walking past police barricades on the sidewalks.

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(Reena Flores/National Journal)

 

Remnants of tear gas polluted the air along West Florissant Avenue, the main street in Ferguson where most of the protests have taken place. It became difficult to breathe as we came within 20 feet of this trash can.

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Clouds of tear gas from a trash bin fill the air. (Reena Flores/National Journal)

 

Al Jazeera America television crews were forced to evacuate their area when tear gas canisters went off near their vehicle. Police then pushed down the crew's light kits and faced their camera downwards at the grass.

Al Jazeera America TV Crew Gassed In Ferguson
(KSDK)

After the flash bombs went off, protesters would pick up the hot canisters from the streets.

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A demonstrator explains where he found the remains of what appears to be the top of a tear-gas canister.(Reena Flores/National Journal)

 

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A demonstrator holds out canisters found on the street in St. Louis, Mo. One appears to be a rubber ball casing, while the other is too charred to identify. (Reena Flores/National Journal)

 

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A protester holds a rubber pellet canister found on the street in St. Louis, Mo. (Reena Flores)

 

The macabre souvenirs served as reminders of what a police force can do to a city when equipped with all the trappings of a deployed army. 

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An armored vehicle from the St. Louis County Police Department rushes away from the site of protests in St. Louis, Mo. (Reena Flores/National Journal)

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to visit St. Louis County on Thursday following the protests. But it's clear it will take some time for the city's wounds—both visible and invisible—to heal.

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