Missouri State Highway Patrol takes charge of security in Ferguson
August 15 , 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he has decided to bring in the Missouri State Highway Patrol to manage security in the suburb of Ferguson in St. Louis, after the shooting of an African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a local police official.
In the aftermath of the shooting there have been vociferous protests and police have responded with what some have described as “excessive force”.
Governor Nixon said his decision was taken because “at this particular point, the attitudes weren't improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint.”
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain, Ron Johnson, who was chosen by Governor Nixon to lead the security response, said he planned to initiate a dialogue with protesters. He stated "We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we're in this together."
Meanwhile Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, appealed for calm, saying “We need everybody to tone it down.”
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