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Police aim their weapons and make their way down West Florissant Avenue, pushing protesters north on the street in Ferguson, Mo., the night of Aug. 18, 2014. (New York Times)

Police aim their weapons and make their way down West Florissant Avenue, pushing protesters north on the street in Ferguson, Mo., the night of Aug. 18, 2014. (New York Times)

Fact-checking Ferguson

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.

 

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When news broke that Ferguson 18-year-old Michael Brown was a suspect in a robbery, "MSNBC practically went off the air for a while to have behind-closed-doors meetings to figure out how to deal with this new revelation."

Says Keene, N.H., requested a "military-grade armored personnel truck," citing their annual Pumpkin Festival as "a possible target" for terrorists.

A "regulatory thing" means you can’t show someone drinking beer on camera.

Documents released by Edward Snowden reveal that American, British and Israeli intelligence agencies worked together to create the Islamic State.  

"The number of SWAT raids have gone up by 1,400 percent since the 1980s."

In Ferguson, Mo., "you've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."  

"Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."

The wife of the Ferguson, Mo., police chief said African-Americans in Ferguson "are feral and violent."  

The Islamic State, or ISIS, was "cast off by al-Qaida because" it was "considered too extreme."  

"Having a baby is a leading cause of poverty spells in the United States."

Says George Soros and Bill Gates are funding a bioweapons lab in Sierra Leone that caused the Ebola outbreak.

"More (student-athletes) graduate than the students who aren't student-athletes."

Top U.S. intelligence officials have told "every member of Congress, including the president, we’re about to be attacked in a serious way because (of) the threat emanating from Syria and Iraq."

"So far, the war in Gaza has left more than 1,800 Palestinians dead -- the population equivalent to 100 9/11s."  

"The music industry is the biggest export from Africa after oil and gas."

Africa is spending "the highest percentage of their GDP on education of any part of the world."  

"The leader of ISIS was imprisoned by American troops and ordered released to Iraq by Obama administration in 2009."

President Barack Obama’s latest executive order "mandates the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of ‘respiratory illness.’"

Women "own just 1 percent of the world’s land."

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "passed a rule giving the agency unprecedented power to shut down businesses, no matter what the reason, at any time it wishes."

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