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The circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., are all too familiar: an unarmed black teenager shot and killed while walking in his own suburban community by a white male. After Brown was shot, independent investigations came on the heels of angry protests and looting. In the case of Trayvon Martin, the police department filed charges against George Zimmerman after protests broke nationwide.

Brown's death, at the hands of a white police officer, has also brought to the fore a conversation often repeated about the use of deadly force by police on young black men and biased police tactics in black communities. According to a Gallup Poll, nearly a quarter of black men between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had been treated unfairly by police in the past month. By contrast, only 10% of whites said that they had experienced discrimination last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey (see the graphics above for more of the national conversation on police tactics and race).

Despite the Justice Department and the FBI opening investigations into Brown's death, protests continued and police actions seemed only to get worse. Protesters were tear-gassed, and journalists arrested.

#TELLUSATODAY: Calls for justice, and calm, in Ferguson

We asked our readers what they thought of the Ferguson police department, and the DOJ and FBI investigations. Our readers also sounded off about the lack of diversity within the Ferguson police department. Take a look at the national conversation above and what our readers had to say below. Then give us your view in the quick polls and wedgies.

Will justice be done?

Justice will be done only because of the national coverage. The killing of innocent black youth by police will continue.

—@JeffOstach

I think justice will be done, but it's going to take awhile. In the meantime, hopefully peace will be more prominent. This is a national issue, and it's good that the Justice Department and FBI are jumping in.

—@PlumbbobGreen

Anytime the news media have spoken with witnesses to a crime before the police, an independent investigation is needed.

—@ggeorgette1

Police mistreat and kill people everywhere. This happens in my country also. Police must be more careful. Also the public must educate themselves.

—@hasanmurt01

A Department of Justice review is needed big time.

—@Tech_Larry

Observation: On every other crime committed in America that doesn't involve national security, the names of the police are released. The cops in the Rodney King incident? Names released immediately. Choke killing in New York City? Police names released immediately. Why no name in this case? Maybe because racist Missouri authorities are looking for a way to get their white cop off the hook? If the FBI hadn't been brought in, there probably would be no charges.

—Douglas White

Short on diversity, high on violence

In the Ferguson police department, three black police officers out of 53 is essentially ZERO. Law enforcement's military-grade weaponry is how they exercise their hatred of black Americans.

—@TonyaA6

When told to get out of the street, get out of the street.

—@OldMan166

I am a supporter of the police. However, the police serve and protect the people. The military fights the country's enemies. When you confuse the two by giving heavy armored vehicles used by the military to police departments, you have the police treating the people as the enemy. That's a bad policy.

—William Hofmeister

The militarization of small, local and suburban police that's being encouraged by grants from the Department of Homeland Security is disturbing.

—@NeilYoungSaveUs

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