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Jake Tapper compares the police presence in Ferguson to a U.S. base in Afghanistan

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CNN's Jake Tapper called out police in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday night, comparing the weapons and body armor employed by the police to Bagram, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The clip above shows Tapper pointing at the protesters, showing them moving away from the police. Tapper then turns the camera on the police.

I'm going to quote this passage in full, because it's worth it. Read it. Absorb it. Challenge Tapper if you will, but at least read his words first.

"Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America. These are armed police with ... semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they're doing this, I don't know, because there is no threat going on here, none, that merits this. There is none. Okay. Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence. But there has been nothing going on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing. So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn't make any sense."

Protests have raged in Ferguson since the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called in the National Guard.

President Obama has announced a civil rights investigation into the killing.

Even Republicans like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have condemned the police response.

When you're done, you should check out this story on how America's prison population has exploded over the past three decades.

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