Missouri Highway Patrol takes over security in Ferguson

By David A. Lieb and Jim Salter Associated Press

August 14, 2014 10:09AM

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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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