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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are a lot of critics who say that Ferguson Police got it all wrong and their tactics provoked the kind of violent protest they were trying to prevent.

"People have a right to express themselves and people express themselves in different ways," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.

Monroe thinks that demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown should have been handled differently.

Thursday night Missouri State Troopers patrolled the streets and left their combat gear, tear gas and smoke grenades at home and it was a much quieter evening.

"We as law enforcement have to find a way to allow them to do that in an orderly, peaceful manor so with that we should not look to do things that's going to prevent them, number one or do things that's going to antagonize them."

Monroe believes the full riot gear worn by Ferguson Police was a mistake. During the DNC in Charlotte officers wore some protection, and there were reserves in full riot gear but they were never trotted out.

The chief says one of the other keys to keeping the streets peaceful was giving protesters a lot of latitude.

"You take the fight out of them, now there is nothing for us to meet no lines of demarcation in the middle of the street."

Monroe also says that a diverse force is important during times like these. Reportedly Ferguson only has 3 African American officers on a roster of 50.

CMPD is 27 percent minority, with nearly 19 percent African American.

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