Posted: Thursday, August 14th 2014 at 4:37pm
Missouri troopers to take over Ferguson security
By The Associated Press
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Wednesday.
Gov. Jay Nixon said security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol. Johnson, who is black, said he grew up in the community and "it means a lot to me personally that we break this cycle of violence."
"Ferguson will not be defined as a community that was torn apart by violence but will be known as a community that pulled together to overcome it," Nixon said at a news conference.
Crowds have gathered in Ferguson since Saturday's shooting of Michael Brown to protest the 18-year-old's death.
Police defended the use of tear gas and smoke bombs to repel demonstrators after another night of chaos. But the police response has drawn heavy criticism.
Earlier, President Barack Obama appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets.
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