FERGUSON • The images from suburban streets here have been unreal. A police officer in riot gear, assault rifle strapped across his chest, baton in hand, staring at the camera. Police dogs, crouched in frenzied anticipation. Tear gas rising into the night sky. Armored trucks backlit by street lamps.
Police have maintained the weapons and show of force are necessary to control crowds, to protect themselves and property and to avoid more looting and destruction.
The photos transcend Ferguson, lean on history, and echo the conflicts of our nation’s past. But, at the same time, they also document this particular conflict, encapsulating the modern police force by its armor, masks, trucks and guns.