And the police using tear gas to disperse a riot was a “terrorist attack,” or something.

FERGUSON, Mo. — The people here don’t feel like they’re living in America’s heartland; they feel like they’re living in occupied territory.

The occupied land is small, virtually microscopic in comparison to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The neighborhoods off West Florissant Avenue, including the apartment complex where Michael Brown lived before he was gunned down by a policeman Saturday night, are where most of the city’s black population reside. Patrolling it is Ferguson’s police department of 55 officers, 52 of them white.

“It’s like the elephant in the room,” said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. “We are being occupied.”

“They say it’s the death of three men that started a chain reaction of death and destruction in Gaza,” she continued. “Will we as a people rise up like the people of Gaza? Will our community be bombed like last night with tear gas? That was a terrorist attack.”

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