Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will remove St. Louis County police from Ferguson, after five days of clashes between protesters and cops in riot gear showed no signs of slowing down.
Nixon, a Democrat, told Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., that he would pull county police from their duties in Ferguson, which could open the door for state or federal involvement.
"The governor. 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," Clay said, according to Bloomberg's Jon Allen.
St. Louis County police have been deeply criticized since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by an officer on Saturday. Protests have grown dramatically in the five days since as officials have refused to release the name of the officer involved and showed up to demonstrations in full riot gear, lobbing tear gas canisters and firing rubber bullets. Police also made a number of arrests, including two reporters on assignment.
According to Bloomberg's Jon Allen, who spoke with Rep. Clay, Nixon did not say whether he would instruct state police to take over or ask the FBI to come in, nor did he clarify whether that included the official investigation into Brown's death.
Clay: "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"— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) August 14, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., didn't say whether state police or FBI would be taking over: Clay to @jonallendc #Ferguson— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) August 14, 2014
Original headline: Nixon to pull St. Louis County police from Ferguson
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