DES MOINES, Iowa — Critics say the police presence in Ferguson, Missouri is going way too far after the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer.
They say the National Guard, city, county and state authorities patrolling the area look more like they’re prepared for war.
U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa National Guard, declined to say whether she thinks it’s appropriate.
“This is humans dealing with humans and do we like to see a police squad unit heavily aimed? Maybe not. But dependent upon the situation and again, they know better on the ground what’s going on if there’s a risk to other civilians in the area and they can weigh that appropriately,” says Ernst.
Ernst says the Missouri governor’s decision to send the National Guard to Ferguson could be appropriate if he had no other choice, but she doesn’t know the Guard’s mission there.