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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, file photo, police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department, in Ferguson, Mo. The so-called "Ferguson effect" officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact has been talked about but never really quantified. A new study suggests the effect is a reality, with three-quarters of officers surveyed saying they are hesitant to use force, even when appropriate, and are less willing to stop and question suspicious people. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)