August 14, 2014
The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.
Rep Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri told Bloomberg News on Thursday morning that Gov. Jay Nixon, also a Democrat, had confirmed to him that county police will be pulled from their duties in Ferguson, where outrage continues to erupt following the officer-involved shooting and killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, on Saturday.
Wednesday evening, protests in Ferguson for the fourth straight appeared to resemble a war zone when militarized police began firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition into the streets and near residences. Two journalists, one from Washington Post and another from Huffington Post, were briefly detained while on assignment.
“The gov. just called me and he’s on his way to St. Louis now to announce he’s taking St. Louis County police out of the situation,” Rep. Clay told Derek Wallbank, a reporter for Bloomberg.
According to Wallbank’s Twitter account, Gov. Nixon neglected to tell Rep. Clay if state police or the Federal Bureau of Investigation would take control of the situation. The FBI has previously acknowledged that it is investigating Saturday’s shooting death.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:05 am