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Missouri Highway Patrol takes over security in Ferguson

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, has given police oversight of the Ferguson situation to the Missouri State Highway Patrol under the command of Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, center, a Ferguson native. Nixon addressed questions from the press at the University of Missouri-St. Louis after touring areas of Ferguson, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) ORG XMIT: MOSTP104

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Updated: August 14, 2014 10:33PM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says 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 18-year-old black man.

Nixon made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Nixon says the security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State 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."


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