There is a growing bipartisan public outrage about the local police force's fiercely militarized response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

From Democrats to Republicans, progressive to libertarian, citizens across the political spectrum are denouncing the efforts to stop demonstrations over the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed, African-American teenager.

Legislators are also speaking out against this militarization of police. Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash described the situation as "frightening." Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, a moderate, called the police tactics "the problem instead of the solution." Meanwhile, libertarian Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul stated flatly in an op-ed, "We must de-militarize the police."