Gallery: US uses military tactics on civilians following Michael Brown shooting

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The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has sparked violent protests, looting and rioting across the American suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

The area has been dubbed “Fergustan” on social media and likened to a “war zone” following the use of violent military tactics on US civilians, reporters and photographers.

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that there was “no excuse for excessive force” by police, while also condemning violence against officers.

Eyewitnesses say Mr Brown raised his arms in an attempt to surrender before he was shot by an officer, but police say there was a struggle.

As local and county police have taken to the streets to contain the unrest, many have questioned whether their show of force has been too excessive.

 

These images were originally uploaded to the image-sharing site Imgur by user aliceoutofreality.

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