(AP) - Four days of violent clashes between protesters and police have turned to a lighter atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by a white police officer last weekend.
Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon brought in the state Highway Patrol, stripping authority away from local police, who had responded to looting, rock throwing and the tossing of Molotov cocktails with the use of tear gas and police dogs.
Images of police in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in Ferguson have prompted a Georgia congressman's efforts to rein in a military surplus program.
The Pentagon program provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.
But Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson says next month he plans to introduce legislation to curb that program.
Johnson says, "Our Main Streets should be a place for business, families and relaxation, not tanks and M16s."