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Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage
Police shootings politicized after Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson sparks outcry, violence
By BRIAN MELLEY
Associated Press
2014-09-01 03:01 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.

Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the U.S.

While there's been nothing approaching the violence and destruction seen in the St. Louis suburb, demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice and buoyed with the help of social media have rolled across cities this month.

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