Ferguson Police Chief: We’re Discussing Both ‘Tactics,’ ‘Appearance’

by Ian Tuttle

At a midday press conference, Ferguson, Mo., police chief Tom Jackson told reporters that “tactical units” will remain on the streets tonight, but that law enforcement dealing with the ongoing protests are reevaluating tactics.

“If firebombs start getting thrown, property’s getting destroyed, shots are being fired, people are being shot at, we have to respond to deadly force.” He noted, though, responding to criticism of local police officers’ military-style garb and gear, that “we’re going to talk not only about the tactics, but about the appearance.”