Henry C. Johnson Jr.

Stop militarizing local police

Did riots break out in Ferguson, Mo., because the police overdressed?

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon seemed to think so and he may be right. During four nights of rioting, the governor told a room full of reporters, the suburban St. Louis town "looked a little bit more like a war zone, and it's not acceptable." 

The unrest followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed college-bound 18-year-old, high school graduate--whose body was left on the pavement for four hours.

The televised chaos that ensued looked like the nation's worst police riot since the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. 

Making bad matters worse,...