Nixon Plans ‘Operational Shift’ in Handling Ferguson Protests

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke during a news conference Thursday afternoon, addressing the ongoing unrest in Ferguson after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Nixon arrived late to the news conference, he said because he was on the phone with President Barack Obama.

Nixon began by saying he wants to make sure the matter is brought to a more peaceful resolution.

He called Ferguson a “community of faith”a community that needs both safety so people feel “good and happy” about walking through the streets, and a community that has the right to express emotion.

“Over last few days, there as has been a fear to hear,” Nixon said.

We live in a free country, Nixon said, and if people want to say something, they will say it.

“That voice needs to be heard, and we want to help make sure that it’s heard,” he said.

Nixon reminded individuals to be respectful of property and neighbors doing so.

“Use this energy not as excuse to spin off,” but as excuse to move forward, he said.

Over the next hours, Nixon said an “operational shift” will be made to handle the ongoing Ferguson protests.

Nixon said he is not a prosecutor or a cop, but they will make sure the right people are in those places so that justice is served.

“Ultimately, we must make sure that justice prevails,” Nixon said.

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