Following on the heels of US military training operations in various cities over the past year, including Boston and Los Angeles, the military and local police last week warned St. Louis residents not to be alarmed if they see army personnel and gear in their civilian neighborhoods.
KDSK, a local television station, covered the exercises. It seemed like the press was embedded with the military for the training operation, at least to some degree; the reporters agreed not to disclose the location of the military's operations center for the exercises, "for security reasons". Local residents complained that the exercises seemed like preparation for the implementation martial law, while others saluted the soldiers.
Check out the local news report here.