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Police respond to protests following deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray

The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown’s shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force.

Police line up in front of the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Police in riot gear use tear gas to clear the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this Aug. 11, 2014, file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has prompted a flurry of legislation in his home state, where politicians are proposing to curb police tactics, prosecutorial powers and even traffic fines in an attempt to address concerns that have fueled nationwide protests.

Police fire tear gas from atop an armored personnel carrier Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of Brown has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to dispersed a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Brown's shooting has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A law enforcement officer watches Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as tear gas is fired to disperse a crowd of protesters. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Police in riot gear work to disperse a crowd of protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A law enforcement officer aims his rifle Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, after tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd of protesters. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Police in riot gear stand around an armored vehicle as smoke fills the streets Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in Baltimore Tuesday, April 28, 2015, following riots and protests that began after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old black man who died in police custody after being arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possession of an illegal switchblade.

Police ride on an armored vehicle through the area where Monday’s riots occurred following the funeral for Gray after the curfew went into effect, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Police advance through a cloud of tear gas as they enforce curfew, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A woman runs for safety as police throw tear gas canisters while enforcing curfew, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police after the 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Police in riot gear fall back after arresting a protester for violating curfew in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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